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Feb 17th, 2015, 10:02 PM
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Travel regulations for children visiting South Africa

Greetings fellow travelers,
You may or may not be aware of the impending implementation (1 June 2015) of South Africa's controversial regulations for children visiting the country. See more here: http://www.sanews.gov.za/south-afric...ldren-put-hold

My fellow tour operators and I had hoped that the regulation would be shelved rather than just postponed but, alas it seems that it will come into effect at the start of June. Hopefully the two requirements (birth certificate; authorization to travel by parent if child is not accompanied by both parents) won't be too much of an inconvenience for all of you who are planning to visit the Rainbow Nation.
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Feb 18th, 2015, 04:51 AM
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This should not be a major problem in most cases; similar requirements have been in place in other countries for many years.

The only question I have, which was not addressed in the article, is how SA immigration will handle situations wherein one parent named on the birth certificate is, for whatever reason, not able or willing to provide the authorization. Will immigration accept legal custody documents, death certificates, divorce decrees, as applicable? Or, if the parent is recalcitrant, as in the case of a separation, documentation from an attorney or judge?
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Feb 19th, 2015, 10:39 PM
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Good questions that I believe are unfortunately yet to be answered, NoFlyZone.
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Feb 26th, 2015, 04:12 AM
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Hello!
This link answers your questions:
http://www.flysaa.com/tz/en/planmytr...-under-18.html
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