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12. November 2019

Consular: Home Affairs Minister Signs Waiver which Allows Foreign Children to Enter SA without Birth Certificate

10 November 2019. The Minister of Home Affairs Dr Aaron Motsoaledi on Friday signed a waiver which allows foreign children to enter the country without carrying additional supporting documents such as birth certificates and consent letters.

The waiver has been applicable since Friday, after the Minister’s signature.

“This improvement in our admissions policy builds on the work the department has been doing to contribute to economic growth and investment. As of Frday, 08 November 2019, foreign children can enter and depart the country without being required to provide birth certificates, consent letters and other supporting documents relating to proof of parentage” said Minister Motsoaledi.

The Department has communicated the changes to immigration officials at our ports of entry and to the airline and maritime industries.

South African children are still required to provide supporting documents, in line with the requirements of the Children’s Act. The same applies to unaccompanied foreign children.

Foreign children who require a visa for South Africa do not need to carry the supporting documents for inspection at a port of entry since these would be processed together with their visa applications.

“It is significant that we have completed the policy changes in the week in which President Cyril Ramaphosa hosted the second Investment Conference. We anticipate that this change will have a positive impact on tourism as we approach the holiday season,” said Minister Motsoaledi.

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