Despite these changes we continue to advise to take a birth certificate or (international) extract thereof when customers with minors are traveling to South Africa, because airlines or customs officials can still request this document.
The rules for countries that do not require a visa, such as the Netherlands and Belgium, are as follows:
• If the child is traveling with both parents, it is not mandatory to have a birth certificate or an extract thereof. (Our advice is to take this with you)
• If the child travels with one of the biological parents, permission or authorization must be shown. This may be in the form of a signed letter or statement. It no longer has to be legalized by a municipal official or civil-law notary. A copy of the passport must also be shown.
• Copies of original documents are sufficient; they do not have to be certified. Consent and authorization may be provided in the form of a letter, a notarised confirmation or an affidavit is not necessary.
• If children travel alone, additional documents are required, such as consent form, birth certificate or (international) excerpt thereof, whereby copies are sufficient.
• If children traveling with an adult other than their parents, additional documents are required, such as consent form, birth certificate or (international) excerpt thereof, whereby copies are sufficient.
If there are any questions, you can contact us via the website www.southafrica.net
Source: Marco Jonk
South African Tourism