Where parents are travelling with a child under the age of 18, they must be in possession and able to produce an “unabridged” birth certificate. An unabridged birth certificate is one that reflects the particulars of the parents of the child. This applies to all nationalities departing from and arriving in South Africa. It is not required for passengers remaining in transit, unless he or she requires a transit visa.
In the case of one parent travelling with a child, he or she must produce an unabridged birth certificate AND one of the following
Where a person is travelling with a child who is not his or her biological child, they must produce
Additional rules apply for the carriage of unaccompanied minors. Air New Zealand’s unaccompanied minor age rules do not permit an unaccompanied minor under the age of 16 to travel between New Zealand and South Africa. However, the South African ruling mandates an unaccompanied minor as any child under 18 years. Therefore a passenger aged 16 or 17 travelling to or from South Africa is required to be in possession of additional documentation.
Applicable travellers will be asked to produce the required documentation at check-in for each flight, and those not in possession of these will not be allowed to travel.