Good News! Changes To Visa Regulations Makes Travel To South Africa Easier
The Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) of South Africa’s immigration regulations has recommended that accredited travel agents make visa submission for their clients; and that biometric visa applications be made on arrival.
The recommendations have been accepted with open arms by Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom.
We’re excited and why you should be too
What this means is that travelers coming to SA’s sunny shores will not be required to make an application in person. However, in respect of inbound travelers, the Unabridged Birth Certificate requirement is still unclear. The Committee took the position that where visas are required, provision of original birth certificates or certified copies of required documents should continue during the visa application process. In respect of children from visa-exempt countries, the Committee recommended a dispensation in terms of which travellers would be “strongly advised to bring along proof of the relation and consent from the absent parents or guardians”.
Both Hanekom and Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, also emphasized that parents would be strongly advised to carry this proof. “The immigration officers retain the discretion to ask for those documents and in instances where they believe that there is a valid or sound case to be made that the child traveling with the adult is suspected of not being related to them or is a victim of child trafficking or smuggling, they reserve the right to take the necessary decisions, guided by the immigration legislation.”
We’re very excited because it means we can make your visit even more stress free.