Parental Consent Required For South Africa Travel

Travellers heading to South Africa should be aware that there are now rules affecting travel with minors.

These rules have been in force since 1st June 2015.

A parental consent affidavit is required for any minor not travelling with both parents listed on their birth certificate. This is subject to a few limited exemptions. South Africa considers a minor to be persons under 18 years old.

The rules affect people travelling with grandparents, just one parent and minors travelling on school trips. In the case of school tours, the parental consent may be replaced with an affidavit from the school principal confirming that all consent letters are held by the school.

Even if both parents are accompanying the child you need to ensure you take the child’s birth certificate with you.