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 this company.
Certificates RSA is an agency in South Africa which offers you a speedy service for urgent document requirements.
If you need an Unabridged Birth Certificate they can assist in obtaining it for you. Certificates RSA handles everything on your behalf and to date have issued over 455 Unabridged Birth Certificates.
Certificates RSA’s typical turn around time for an Unabridged Birth Certificate is approximately 30-40 working days. But if you need one urgently they do offer shorter lead times.
Certificates RSA makes the process of getting your certificates and passport applications from Home Affairs South Africa processed much faster and as hassle free as possible.
The cost for this service is R1200. Your peace of mind, priceless.
Documents you will need in order to apply for an Unabridged Birth Certificate:
- parent(s)/guardian identity documents
- the child’s abridged birth certificate or child’s ID number
- Certified or original copies of all documents are required
Certificates RSA is a one stop solution for all certificates; Police Clearance Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Death Certificates and Passport Applications.