Please find the following Travel Information for Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, South Africa and Zimbabwe below for your convenience.
From 1 June 2015, new immigration regulations apply pertaining to the travel of children. Travellers should make themselves aware of all relevant new requirements through the nearest South African embassy or consulate or visit the South African Department of Home Affairs (DHA) website before travelling.
The new regulations stipulate that in addition to a valid travel document (passport), an unabridged (full) birth certificate (one that identifies the parents of the child) must be carried and produced on request for children under the age of 18. Copies of the birth certificate must be certified and be no more than 3 months old. If the birth certificate is not in one of the 11 official languages of South Africa, which includes English, travellers will need to provide an English translation from an accredited translator.
In addition to the requirement to produce a valid travel document (passport) and an unabridged birth certificate, children travelling with only one parent will also be required to produce a legal document signed by the non-travelling parent giving approval for the child's travel or where applicable, a death certificate of the other parent registered on the birth certificate of the child, or a court order granting sole custody. A legal document can be a Statutory Declaration or an Affidavit and must contain full names and passport details of both parents registered on the birth certificate and child(ren), with contact details for the non-travelling parent. The document should also specify the travel destinations of the parent and child(ren). These legal documents or certified copies of these documents cannot be more than 3 months old. If there is only one parent registered on the birth certificate, that person has sole responsibility.