UPDATE - Changes - Unabridged Birth Certificates (UBC) - 11 November 2019
The decision by Home Affairs to waiver Unabridged Birth Certificates for foreign minors coming into South Africa has been well received.
A spokesperson for IATA (International Air Transport Association) confirmed that IATA had received the information and that Timatic (the database containing cross border passenger documentation requirements) had already been updated, and pointed out that “it’s all systems go” for the airline industry.
“About time” has been the response from many quarters.
“It’s a happy day – to finally see it in black and white,” says David Frost, CEO of tourism association SATSA, which has championed the cause since the beginning of the debacle.
Sthembiso Dlamini, SA Tourism Acting CEO, says the news will be lauded by all in the tourism industry, both locally and internationally.
“Family travel is a key driver for arrivals and we compete with many other destinations for our share. The waiver announcement will allow us to proactively and aggressively market South Africa as a family-friendly destination again.”
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.