Traveling With Your Family?
A new travel regulation was introduced recently whereby children younger than 18 years who are traveling must have unabridged birth certificates.
These regulations apply to the entire SADC region and affirm the Child Protection Act and international law resolution through the United Nations Protocol regarding child safety against human trafficking. Due to an alarming rise in child and human trafficking, the authorities deem it necessary to reinforce these regulations.
In conclusion, inform yourself about complying with the regulations to avoid any inconveniences.
Children younger than 18 years who are traveling to Namibia must have unabridged birth certificates. This applies to the following cases:
1. When children travel with an adult who is not their biological parent. Necessary documentation includes an affidavit from the children’s parents giving the minor consent to travel with the said adult.
2. When children travel with an adult other than a parent/legal guardian. Said adult will need copies of the children’s legal guardians/parents’ passports or identity documents, as well as their contact numbers.
3. When children travel with only one parent. The parent will need to provide an affidavit from the other parent giving the minor consent to travel. A death certificate should be provided if one parent is deceased.
4. When children travel unaccompanied, they will need to provide an affidavit from their parents/legal guardians consenting their travel, as well as a letter containing the contact details and residential information, a copy of the identity document, valid passport or permanent residence address of the person who will receive the minor passenger.
Minors’ unabridged birth certificate must always be provided at check-in, also when only in transit in Johannesburg.
Make sure all your documents are in place for the holiday of a lifetime!