Families Travelling With Children

SOUTH AFRICA, NAMIBIA & BOTSWANA REGULATIONS FOR FAMILIES TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN:

Travellers will be asked to produce the required documentation at check-in for each flight.

Travelling with Children to Africa: Documents required for travelling through a port of entry of the republic of South Africa             

Foreign visa exempt child accompanied by both parents

  • valid passport

The following may be required when travelling with one parent:

  1. valid passport
  2. Reason for the absence of the other parent
  3. copy of a birth certificate/equivalent document
  4. parental consent letter
  5. copy of the passport / identity document of the absent parent
  6. contact details of the absent parent

where applicable –

  • copy of a court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship in respect of the child.
  • copy of a death certificate of the deceased parent

Further documentation may be required. For full details please visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

Documents required for travelling through a port of entry of the Republic of Namibia

Minors younger than 18 years travelling to Namibia must have an unabridged birth certificate. In addition, when travelling: 

a) with an adult who is not their biological parent: an affidavit from their parents giving consent for the minor to travel with the adult is required. 
b) with an adult other than a parent/legal guardian: copies of their legal guardians’/parents’ passports or documents of identity are required. Contact details of the parents/legal guardians should also be provided. 
c) with a parent: an affidavit from the other parent giving consent for the minor to travel is required. A death certificate should be provided if one parent is deceased. 
d) unaccompanied: an affidavit from their parents/legal guardians consenting their travel, a letter containing the contact details and residential information of the person who will receive the minor passenger, a copy of the identity document, valid passport or permanent residence permit of the person who will receive the minor passenger, and the contact details of the minor’s parents/legal guardians are required.