Traveling with Minors
This information is extremely important for all families traveling to and from South Africa and/or Botswana
The Botswana and South African Governments have introduced requirements for minors travelling through all ports of entry. The development, which is aimed at managing the movement of children across these country borders, has an ultimate goal of tackling human trafficking which is a global challenge. Botswana and South Africa, like other countries is affected by this problem and as such has enacted the United Nations Anti-Human Trafficking Protocol; which calls upon governments to come up with deliberate measures aimed at combating human trafficking.
All minors travelling through Botswana and/or South Africa borders will be required to produce certified copies of unabridged birth certificates in addition to their valid passports. In the event that one parent is not travelling with the child, the other parent’s affidavit consenting to such travel should be availed. However, an affidavit will not be required if the father’s name does not appear on the child’s birth certificate.
Please ensure you have the following when travelling with minors (children under 18)
- Valid passport
- Certified copies of unabridged birth certificate
- In the event that one parent is not present, the missing parent’s affidavit consenting to such travel.
Page last updated: 30 Nov 2016