The government of South Africa has amended the travel requirements for children into, and out of the country. The changes now make it easier and less cumbersome for patients to travel with their children.
Since 2014 parents were supposed to sign several affidavit forms to prove that they consented to their children travelling.
The law is said to have affected tourists’ arrivals, impacting negatively on the economy resulting in the South African government reviewing it.
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In a statement on its website, the South African Department of Home Affairs wrote
The Department of Home Affairs is pleased to announce the relaxation of some international travel requirements for children going through South African ports of entry. The revised conditions are contained in the Government Gazette titled “Draft First Amendment of the Immigration Regulations, 2014 made under the Immigration Act.
Travel requirements for children have been changed in ways which include the following; for travellers coming to South Africa, children who are foreign nationals from countries where visas are not required may be asked to produce supporting documents upon entry. Even though producing supporting documents is no longer compulsory, travellers are strongly advised to carry the supporting documents.