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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:

  1. The South African Department of Home Affairs, 0800 60 11 90 (toll free from South Africa)
  2. 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.