South Africa – New Rule for Minors Traveling to and from South Africa

What has changed

Effective June 1, 2015, Unabridged Birth Certificates (long-form) will be required for all children under the age of eighteen (18) traveling in and out of South Africa, including South African Nationals.

Who is affected?
What to expect

  • All adults with children under the age of (eighteen) 18 traveling to and from South Africa

In addition to all other required international travel documents, an unabridged birth certificate will be required every time a child under the age of eighteen (18) travels in or out of South Africa. This document must be accompanied by an English certified translation, if not originally in English.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Emigra Worldwide may be able to assist with procuring birth certificates and obtaining certified English translation, if required.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your clients


The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.

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