South Africa Relaxes Immigration Requirements For Children

The South African government has granted a waiver to children from visa-exempt countries like Zimbabwe from carrying additional documents when entering or departing the country with one parent or a guardian.

This was revealed in a statement by Home Affairs Minister Pakitshe Aaron Motsoaledi. He said:

I Dr Pakitshe Aaron Motsoaledi Minister of Home Affairs has with the powers bestowed upon me in terms of section 31 (2) of the Immigration Act 2002 Act number 13 of 2002 decided to grant a waiver to foreign children from visa-exempt countries entering or departing the Republic from complying with the provisions of Regulation 6 of the immigration regulations 2014. The department is in the process of finalising amendments to the immigration regulations in this regard.

Motsoaledi added that the waiver is granted on condition that all other requirements for entry and departure from South Africa shall be complied with.

Previously, children from visa-exempt countries entering or departing South Africa were required to carry a valid passport and additional supporting documents including a birth certificate, death certificate, consent letter when travelling with one parent or a guardian.

More: Chronicle


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