Because we don’t want you to waste time searching through bags for ID documents and unabridged birth certificates, we’ve compiled a list of things you will need to bring with you to check-in and boarding.
For domestic travel
On domestic flights, you are required to present your government-issued ID document.
Failure to provide the required documentation will result in your being denied to board.
For international travel
On regional flights you are required to present a valid passport, which does not expire in six (6) months or less from the date of departure and has two blank pages.
If required, please ensure you carry any relevant visa on your person.
A machine-readable passport is required when travelling to South Africa. Please get an individual biometric passport for each child before travel. A machine-readable passport has a series of numbers, letters and symbols at the bottom of the photo page.
If you are unable to provide the required documentation, you will not be allowed to board.
For travel to South Africa with children
You will need to bring a valid yellow fever certificate, your passport, as well as the following documentation for your child.
One parent travelling with a child must bring
An unabridged birth certificate.
Consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent registered as a parent on the birth certificate of the child authorising him or her to enter into or depart from the Republic with the child he or she is travelling with.
A court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship in respect of the child, if he or she is the parent or legal guardian of the child; or
Where applicable, a death certificate of the other parent registered as a parent of the child on the birth certificate; Provided that the Director-General may, where the parents of the child are both deceased and the child is travelling with a relative or another person related to him or her or his or her parents, approve such a person to enter into or depart from the Republic with such a child.
An adult travelling with a child who is not his/her biological child must bring
A copy of the unabridged birth certificate of the child.
An affidavit from the parents or legal guardian of the child confirming that he or she has permission to travel with the child.
Copies of the identity documents or passports of the parents or legal guardian of the child; and
The contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child, Provided that the Director-General may, where the parents of the child are both deceased and the child is travelling with a relative or another person related to him or her or his or her parents, approve such a person to enter into or depart from the Republic with such a child.
An unaccompanied minor
Proof of consent from one of or both his or her parents or legal guardian, as the case may be, in the form of a letter or affidavit for the child to travel into or depart from the Republic: Provided that in the case where one parent provides proof of consent, that parent must also provide a copy of a court order issued to him or her in terms of which he or she has been granted full parental responsibilities and rights in respect of the child.
A letter from the person who is to receive the child in the Republic, containing his or her residential address and contact details in the Republic where the child will be residing;
A copy of the identity document or valid passport and visa or permanent residence permit of the person who is to receive the child in the Republic; and
The contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child.
Some countries will require a Visa. Depending on your destination you may be issued with a Visa on arrival, although this can be a lengthy and potentially inconvenient process (long queues, humid airports, etc.). If you can get your Visa before you travel, we advise that you do so.
For more information on whether you need a Visa, what documentation should be submitted, what it will cost and any other requirements, visit these government websites: