South African travel requirements for minors travelling to and from South Africa

The South African Department of Home Affairs amended the requirements for minors (children under 18 years) to travel with birth certificates from 11 November 2019. The requirement is only applicable to minors traveling on South African Passports and they may be required to produce, in addition to their passport, a birth certificate or equivalent document which shows the details of both parents for all international travel to and from South Africa. Additional supporting documents may be required should they fall in a specific category. Customers are urged to obtain more information prior to travel.

Further documentation may be required.

For full details please visit the Department of Home Affairs website or refer to the travel advisory.

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

For International Passport, Visa and Health requirements, travellers are encouraged to visit the IATA Travel Centre.


School group exemption:

Special dispensation has been made regarding documentation required for minors accompanying school tours when travelling via South Africa. Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for further details.


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