Controversial birth certificate rules for foreign tourists in South Africa to be scrapped

Published: 25/Mar/2019
Source: The South African

It’s taken four months for the government to fully establish clarity on this situation, but better late than never hey? The requirement for foreign minors to produce a birth certificate upon arrival in South Africa is set to be dropped, according to an official government publication.

The whole process has been deemed as convoluted and over the top: Acquiring birth certificates can be a nightmare in any country, and having to apply for a copy can take months of clearing administrative hurdles. As Tourism Update highlight, official wording on the regulation now omits this particular requirement:

“Where both parents are travelling accompanied by one or more of their children, such children have to produce valid passports and visas, where applicable. When travelling with parents with different surnames, carrying proof of the parental relationship is advised.”

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Themes: Identity Documents, Birth Registration
Regions: Southern Africa, South Africa
Year: 2019