REMINDERS & REGULATIONS Changes in the Pipeline - Unabridged Birth Certificates (UBC) On 7 October 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa instructed the Department of Home Affairs to rescind the UBC requirement. We will advise once the repeal becomes official and there is 100% clarity.
The Department of Home Affairs will make a formal announcement regarding the timetable going forward which will include:
• Notifying IATA, to update all airlines • Briefing all Immigration Officers as enforcement at the borders is critical
• An awareness campaign between the TBCSA (Tourism Business Council of South Africa), SATSA (Southern Africa Tourism Services Association) and SA Tourism.
Note that South African minors leaving the country will still need to carry birth certificates unless they present the names and identity numbers of their parents in their child passports.