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Visa requirements for foreigners travelling to SA revised

23 October 2015, 12:57 pm

South African children under the age of 18 will still be obligatory to travel with an unabridged birth certificate, but the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) task team – established to investigate the effects of SA’s provocative immigration regulations has recommended that the requirement be revised for children of foreign visitors.
Cabinet approved the recommendations on Friday, which included changing the term “unabridged birth certificate” to “birth certificate containing parental details”.
The requirements for traveling with a child will still include the current requirements such as a parental consent affidavits as a means to protect the minors - with the validity of the proclamation extended to no longer than 6 months.
Information of parents will also be printed in passports, so that parents whose details are printed would therefore not be required to carry the birth certificates.
In respect of inbound travellers, the IMC took the point that proof of original birth certificates or certified copies would only be required during the application process, as this is in line with what many other countries do.
Guests travelling from countries where no visa facilitation centres exist will be allowed to submit their application to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) by post. Biometrics, including fingerprints and photos on arrival at ports of entry will be required. This concession will only be relevant to visitors/medical Visa, Cabinet said.
The Biometric pilot site Ports of entrance are, OR Tambo Airport, King Shaka Airport, Cape Town International Airport.
Cabinet said all other managerial issues affecting the relevant departments will be resolved through inter-departmental arrangements, and believed the endorsed recommendations would address the unpremeditated consequences raised, without compromising the safety of the children travelling to and from the country.

Read More: News on Traveller24 / Author - Selene Brophy


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