The Inter-Ministerial Committee investigating the “unintended consequences” caused by the implementation of South Africa’s Immigration Regulations has recommended biometrics be captured at ports of entry for travellers originating from countries in which there are no South African missions.

Furthermore, original birth certificates and, as necessary, parental consent or certified copies must be submitted by travellers originating from countries requiring visas during the visa application process.

A strong advisory will be issued advising travellers originating from visa-exempt countries to have proof of relationship and consent from the absent parent or guardian in case they are asked to provide such on arrival. The requirement for UBCs for travellers originating from visa-exempt countries have thus been scrapped but will only become effective once the regulations are amended.

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