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Traveling with Minors

February 8, 2024

Travelling with children already poses certain challenges (ask any parent and they'll tell you). There's no reason it should be made any more complicated when it comes to the requirements of traveling with minors. Here's what you need to know. One less thing to worry about.

The Namibia, 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. Namibia, 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 Namibia, 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.

Minors younger than 18 years traveling to Namibia must have an unabridged birth certificate. In addition, when traveling:

  1. With an adult who is not their biological parent: an affidavit from their parents giving consent for the minor to travel with the adult is required.
  2. With an adult other than a parent/legal guardian: copies of their legal guardians/parents' passports or documents of identity are required. Contact details of the parents/legal guardians should also be provided.
  3. With a parent: an affidavit from the other parent giving consent for the minor to travel is required. A death certificate should be provided if one parent is deceased.
  4. Unaccompanied: an affidavit from their parents/legal guardians consenting their travel, a letter containing the contact details and residential information of the person who will receive the minor passenger, a copy of the identity document, valid passport or permanent residence permit of the person who will receive the minor passenger, and the contact details of the minor's parents/legal guardians are required.

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