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SOUTH AFRICA – Strict Parental Travel Provision Postponed Again

In attempts to diminish child trafficking, the South African Department of Home Affairs has declared new rules for adults traveling with children. This new rule will officially go into effect on June 1, 2015. This is the second time the rule’s implementation has been postponed, as previously it was to go into effect this coming October. The later implementation time will allow authorities to more properly implement the rules. Currently, the rule states all parents traveling with minor children must carry their complete birth certificates, which include details of themselves and the child. In situations in which only one parent is traveling with the child, written consent from the other parent is required in the form of an affidavit. The consent should detail authorization of arrival or departure to and from South Africa with the child. In cases of divorce or a deceased parent, a court order or a death certificate will be required. The same is required of adults traveling with non-biological children. Minors who travel unaccompanied by an adult are required to travel with letters of consent and contact information from both parents. Additionally, the minor must carry letters and identity documents of the individuals hosting the children in South Africa.

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