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TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN

Please be aware that the information on this page is a guide only; the requirements can change at any time so please check with the South African Department of Home Affairs before you travel.

South Africa has strict legislation for travelling with children which requires certain documents to be produced when entering and leaving South Africa.

If the documents are not in English then they must be translated into English by a sworn translator – this applies to ALL of the required documents.

Here is a brief overview of the documentation required:

If both parents are travelling with a child (under the age of 18) and that child is German or was born in Germany
  • an ‘international birth certificate’ (Auszug aus dem Geburtseintrag) may be produced.)

If both parents are travelling with a child (under the age of 18) and that child is not German
If one parent is travelling with a child (under the age of 18)
  • a copy of the unabridged birth certificate or equivalent document
  • an affidavit (eidesstattliche Erklärung) from the other parent registered as a parent on the birth certificate of the child authorising him or her to enter into or depart from the Republic of South Africa with the child he or she is travelling with
  • a court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship in respect of the child
  • where applicable, a death certificate of the other parent registered as a parent of the child on the birth certificate

Person is travelling with a child (under the age of 18), who is not his or her biological child
Unaccompanied minor (child under the age of 18)
  • proof of consent from one of or both his or her parents or legal guardian, as the case may be, in the form of a letter or affidavit (eidesstattliche Erklärung) for the child to travel into or depart from the Republic of South Africa (where one parent provides proof of consent, that parent must also provide a copy of a court order stating that he or she has been granted full parental responsibilities and rights in respect of the child).
  • a letter from the person who is to receive the child in the Republic of South Africa, containing his or her residential address and contact details in the Republic where the child will be residing
  • a copy of the identity document or valid passport and visa or permanent residence permit of the person who is to receive the child in the Republic of South Africa
  • the contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child

The South African Department of Home Affairs has a suggested format for the equivalent document and the affidavit giving parental consent; please click on the link below to download these:
Suggested format for the equivalent document
Suggested format for the parental consent affidavit

For more information please visit the South African Department of Home Affairs.

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