South Africa adjusts controversial visa regulations for minors

Posted: January 5, 2017 in general

satThe South African Department of Home Affairs has again announced adjustments to the country’s entry requirement for minors,  but only for those born in the country and who have a current South African passport.

It would be recalled that the initial changes have continued to draw the ire of foreign visitors who criticize the stringent regulations for minors accompanying their parents to the country.

According to Tim Clyde-Smith, South African Airway’s Country Manager for Australasia, people under 18 who are South African citizens and hold a valid passport will no longer require birth certificates which contain parental details to enter the country.

“This new arrangement, effective immediately, applies only to minors who have SA citizenship travelling from other countries (including Australia and New Zealand) to South Africa and who will not need the additional paperwork required until now,” Tim said.

“Those travelling and travel agents and partners should note that all other current arrangements for minors travelling remain in place and must be complied with in accordance with South African laws. If in doubt they should contact the South African High Commission in Canberra on 61 2 6272 7300 for further information,” Tim said.

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