Unabridged Birth Certificates
We would be able to assist with reprints of home affairs documents, depending on where the original document was issued.
On the 1st of June 2015, the South African Department of Home Affairs introduced new travel regulations, requiring all passengers under the age of 18 to travel in and out of the country with an Unabridged Birth Certificate, along with the consent of both parents. Failure to do so would lead to the minor being prevented from boarding a flight.
Prior to 2013, every child born in South Africa would have been issued with a standard abridged birth certificate, showing only their mother’s name. An Unabridged Birth Certificate shows both parents’ names.
The updated travel regulations may seem unnecessary, and excessive but in fact, the law was introduced to combat child trafficking and to improve the safety of children. According to the Department of Home Affairs, 30 000 minors are trafficked through South African borders every year. 50% of these minors are under the age of 14.