Travel rules relaxed for foreign parents travelling with children

2018-09-25 11:42

In a bid to increase tourism, the Department of Home Affairs has relaxed travel rules for foreigners visiting South Africa with minors. 

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced on Tuesday that documentation proving parental consent for a minor to travel is no longer a requirement. However, it is strongly recommended that travellers carry this documentation, he said.

He added that instead of being denied entry where documentation is absent, travellers will be given the opportunity to prove parental consent. 

Gigaba said these changes would be implemented before the festive season. 

Read: Gigaba expected to share details of amendments to visa regulations

South Africans, however, will still be required to prove parental consent and have an unabridged birth certificate if they want to travel abroad with their minor children. 

Gigaba also announced a passport for minors that will eventually see the end of unabridged birth certificates as the document will have the contact details of both parents. 

These amendments follow the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday on changes to the visa regime as part of the economic stimulus and recovery plan. 

ALSO READ: Ramaphosa: New visa reforms 'to boost tourism' as part of #StimulusPackage

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