In June 2015 the South African Department of Home Affairs introduced new travel regulations. The new requirements state if you are travelling to or from South Africa with a minor (younger than 18 years old) you will be required to produce an Unabridged Birth Certificate.
This certificate reflects the particulars of both parents. It is the responsibility of the adult to ensure to have the necessary documentation when travelling with a child or risk being denied boarding a flight.
The new regulation may seem unnecessary, but in fact, has been implemented to improve the safety of children and to help prevent child trafficking.
Many parents travelling often only realize too late and find themselves in need of getting one quickly. If this is you there is a solution!
You can attempt to apply for the Unabridged Birth Certificate directly at Home Affairs, but this can take up to 8 weeks from the date of application. And let’s not forget the time taken to stand in the queue, fill in the correct forms and taking off time from work to do so.
Here’s how to get a South African Unabridged Birth Certificate Quickly:
If you need an unabridged birth certificate urgently or you simply do not have the time to go to a Home Affairs office. Then you need to get in touch with an agency.
There are many agencies who offer this service and costs range from R600 – R1500 who offer a service which takes under 2 weeks.
Or you can try your luck and do this online via eHomeAffairs. You will need to register an account and follow the application procedure for applying for an Unabridged Birth Certificate.