South Africa Delays Introduction Of New Child Abduction Measures

Changes To Immigration Rules Delayed Until June

23.09.2014

The introduction of new immigration rules to improve efforts to tackle child abduction in South Africa has been delayed, with the regulations now expected to come into force in June next year.

Originally expected to be in force from October 1st, the rules would mean families need to take full birth certificates for any under-18s travelling with them. In the event that a child is travelling with one parent only, additional supporting evidence will be required.

The latter may come in the form of a court order highlighting that the parent travelling has consent to take the child abroad. An affidavit signed by the other parent, specifying international travel to South Africa will also suffice or, where applicable, a copy of the death certificate of the other parent.

The regulations are being introduced as part of new measures to tackle both child abduction and the trafficking of young people.

News of the delay has come after the Daily Mail reported earlier in the year that border officials in Britain are increasingly questioning parents if passport systems fail to recognise that their children may have an alternative surname or there are concerns regarding the child’s legal guardian.