Visa/Travel Restrictions to be Eased

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Re: Visa/Travel Restrictions to be Eased

Post by Lisbeth » Mon Sep 02, 2019 4:36 pm

Travelling with children (under 18)
Since 2015 all parents travelling to South Africa with children had been required to show the child’s full unabridged birth certificate upon arrival. Additional documentation was required for children travelling with only one parent.

On 1 December 2018, the Immigration Act was amended. For visitors from visa exempt countries, including the UK, the revised requirements are:

Minors travelling with both parents do not need to supply additional documentation. However, South Africa reserves the right to request a copy of the child’s unabridged birth certificate before granting entry, at the discretion of individual immigration officers. Whilst South Africa has said it is unlikely documentation will be requested, we recommend that you’re prepared to present the unabridged birth certificate to border officials upon arrival, particularly where one parent’s surname differs from the child’s. The full unabridged birth certificate should list the child’s details and both parent’s details. The abridged (short) birth certificate which only lists the child’s particulars will not be accepted.

Minors travelling without one or both parents may be required to show a full unabridged birth certificate, in addition to other documentation set out in the 2015 Immigration Act. We recommend you are prepared to present this documentation upon arrival. These requirements are set out under Section 4, part C, Amendment of regulation of the Regulations.

School groups should use this consent form in addition to the documents listed above. This special dispensation applies to all schools registered with the Department for Basic Education and its equivalent abroad.
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Re: Visa/Travel Restrictions to be Eased

Post by Dzombo » Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:15 am

Lisbeth wrote:
Mon Sep 02, 2019 4:36 pm

On 1 December 2018, the Immigration Act was amended. For visitors from visa exempt countries, including the UK, the revised requirements are:

we recommend that you’re prepared to present the unabridged birth certificate to border officials upon arrival,

Minors travelling without one or both parents may be required to show a full unabridged birth certificate, in addition to other documentation set out in the 2015 Immigration Act. We recommend you are prepared to present this documentation upon arrival.
So effectively you still need the documentation with you 0*\

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Re: Visa/Travel Restrictions to be Eased

Post by Richprins » Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:33 am

particularly where one parent’s surname differs from the child’s

:-?

Not very clear this...yes or no please? 0-
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Re: Visa/Travel Restrictions to be Eased

Post by Dzombo » Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:59 am

Up to this change, it was the airlines that were policing this. If they fly you without the appropriate documentation, they are obliged to return you to your country of origin
So how is the conversation at check in going to go now??

The next time I will be flying with my kids to SA is likely to be October 2020.
Hopefully there will be more clarity by then

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Re: Visa/Travel Restrictions to be Eased

Post by Richprins » Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:11 am

Do your kids have your surname? ..0..
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Re: Visa/Travel Restrictions to be Eased

Post by Lisbeth » Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:13 am

birth certificate
I suppose that you have those -O-
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Re: Visa/Travel Restrictions to be Eased

Post by Dzombo » Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:03 am

Richprins wrote:
Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:11 am
Do your kids have your surname?
Yes
Lisbeth wrote:
Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:13 am
birth certificate
I suppose that you have those
Yes - full birth certificate

The problem was either myself or SO travelled often with kids separately. So needed a notarised affidavit giving the parent permission to travel with the kids.
Which meant going to a notary, filling in forms, copies of passports etc.

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Re: Visa/Travel Restrictions to be Eased

Post by Flutterby » Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:19 am

When I travelled to the US and UK with the Brat without my SO I just needed a letter signed by him giving permission for us to travel without him.

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Re: Visa/Travel Restrictions to be Eased

Post by Lisbeth » Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:34 am

I think that was before the stupid rule became effectual :yes:
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Re: Visa/Travel Restrictions to be Eased

Post by Flutterby » Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:13 am

And that was travelling to 1st world countries. O**

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