Article By: Megan Ellis Wed, 13 May 2015 9:45 AM
The Department of Home Affairs has released a brochure explaining the new immigration laws for children.
These new laws will come into effect of June 1, the brochure states.
The picture doesn't look good for many parents - with stringent requirements set out for a parent travelling with their child without their partner.
The new legislation states that parents travelling with a child will need to produce an unabridged birth certificate of the child, which includes information about the child's parents.
Meanwhile, parents of adopted children will need to provide an adoption certificate along with the unabridged birth certificate.
When one parent is travelling with a child, they must produce the unabridged birth certificate along with an affidavit from the other parent giving permission for the child to enter or leave the country with the present parent. The affidavit cannot be older than three months.
If one of the child's parents is deceased, a death certificate will be needed.
The new laws will apply to everyone travelling to and from South Africa - both citizens and foreigners.
The brochure also provides information for those travelling with children who are not the children's parents and the rules for unaccompanied minors.
See the full brochure below: