South Africa’s controversial unabridged birth certificate visa rule has finally been scrapped. The rule made it compulsory for parents to produce unabridged birth certificates of minors they were travelling with when leaving the country. Instead, the department of home affairs is planning to include the parents details in new passports for minors. The rule has also been changed for foreigners with children travelling into SA and they will no longer need to produce an unabridged birth certificate if both parents are accompanying the minor. Those from visa exempt countries are however strongly advised to still do so. These were just a few amendments the department announed last Friday.
Other rules and changes that was announced include the possibility of waiving visas for visitors from China, India and Russia.
“South Africans applying for new passports for minors will receive a document detailing both parents particulars, and that this would be the accepted travel document instead of the unabridged birth certificate. The process however, still needs to be rolled out.”
Apparently it will be in the next 3 to 12 months.
For more on the visa changes check Traveller24 HERE