Explainer: What does the new law governing travel with children entail

Explainer: What does the new law governing travel with children entail

- With the South African government set to do away with some laws governing travelling with children, others are set to stay

- Travelling with small kids is often a logistical nightmare, especially if both parents aren't tagging along

- Briefly.co.za explains what the deal is, taking the stress out of your next holiday

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Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has confirmed that the unabridged birth certificate travel rules are set to be abolished.

Speaking in an interview with 702, Motsoaledi explained that President Cyril Ramaphosa had called for the rules to be set aside.

The minister explained that the rule regarding both parents' consent has remained intact, commenting:

"The issue of a parent leaving South Africa with a child, that rule hasn't changed, we still need consent from both parents. When you go out of the country with a child, we want consent from both parents. Both parents must have agreed that this child can leave the country."

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When a tourist applies for a visa to visit the country, there is no need for them to furnish a birth certificate.

Motsoaledi explained why the rule has remained unchanged concerning children leaving the country:

"But when you leave South Africa, to go abroad with a child, all we want is consent for the other parent because we don't want children escaping out of the country without the other parent knowing."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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