South African Airways (SAA) is advising travel partners and customers that new South African Government laws introduced by the Department of Home Affairs for travel with children under 18 to and from South Africa will come into effect from June 1, 2015.
- This means affected people with flights originating from anywhere to Johannesburg from May 31, 2015 will be impacted.
- The new measure impacts all global carriers operating into or out of South Africa.
According to SAA’s Country Australasia, Tim Clyde-Smith the changes will impact parents and guardians traveling with children and unaccompanied minors traveling alone or in groups (such as for school or sporting excursions).
“The legislation came into effect in October 2014 but its implementation was delayed until June 1 this year to allow the industry and customers time to prepare. It will impact all people traveling from Australia and New Zealand with children with South Africa as their destination although it will not apply to transit passengers,” Tim said.
“Unless parents with children under their care or unaccompanied children by themselves have proper documentation, we will be unable to check them in for their flight to South Africa as we must comply with the new Act,” he said.
“In future, parents traveling into and from South Africa with a child under 18 will need to produce an original or certified copy of a child’s birth certificate which details both parents. Parents or guardians traveling by themselves with children will also need an affidavit less than three months old that has been sworn by a notary public that gives permission to travel with the child or children.”
“Unaccompanied children will need additional documentation before being permitted to board an SAA flight to South Africa from Australia and New Zealand.”
Source : eTN Global Travel Industry News