IMMIGRATION DIRECTIVE NO 22 OF 2015 - Machine Readable Travel Documents
To comply with regulation 2(1)(a) of the Immigration Regulations, 2014 only MACHINE READABLE TRAVEL DOCUMENTS (MRTDs) will be accepted to enter South Africa with effect from 24 November 2015. Please note that extended passports won't be accepted any longer. For this reason we advise to check your travel documents.
• In the case of a bona fide emergency situation, travellers utilising issued Emergency Travel Documents will be allowed to enter and depart from South Africa.
• Travellers who entered South Africa before 24 November 2015 on non-MRTDs will be allowed to depart and return to their countries of origin or residence.
• Travellers who entered South Africa with a MRTD and lost it will be allowed to depart with Emergency Travel Documents.
For more information contact your local Department of Home Affairs Office.
South African travel requirements for minors travelling to and from South Africa
New requirements, introduced by the South African Department of Home Affairs from 1 June 2015, specify that all minors (children under 18 years) are required to produce, in addition to their passport, an Unabridged Birth Certificate which shows the details of both parents for all international travel to and from South Africa.
Further documentation may be required. For full details please visit the Department of Home Affairs website.
Travellers will be asked to produce the required documentation at check-in for each flight.
Important contact information:
- The South African Department of Home Affairs, 0800 60 11 90 (toll free from South Africa)
- Your local South African Embassy
School group exemption:
Special dispensation has been made regarding documentation required for children travelling via South Africa for minors accompanying school tours. Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for further details.
SAA's role is to ensure the new Immigration Regulations are communicated and adhered to by its customers, however, SAA is in no way responsible for the Act and the new Immigration Regulations. SAA will ensure it communicates any new amendments to the regulations in a timely manner, however, SAA accepts no liability for any inaccuracies in the content.