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New Government Regulations Reducing Child Trafficking In South Africa

In an effort to reduce child trafficking through its territory the South African government are putting stricter controls in place on children under 18 travelling through and into South Africa that are unaccompanied.

Volunteers under the age of 18 travelling to a project in South Africa or using it to transfer to another of our destinations e.g. Zimbabwe, Zambia etc will need to adhere to the new rules and these are set to come into play from 1st June. These volunteers will be required to carry:

  • Birth Certificate showing names of both parents (while not strictly stipulated, we advise that if this birth certificate is not in English, that a sworn translation be provided as well; if a copy of the birth certificate is provided, we advise that this be certified)
  • ID / Passport copies for both parents (we advise that these should be certified, if possible)
  • A letter of permission from both parents, declaring that they are allowing the child to travel, including contact details, and stipulating that our other partner (name mentioned) as the caregiver for the duration of the child’s time in South Africa
  • In the event that one parent holds sole custody, proof of this must be provided (i.e. custody agreement)
  • In the unfortunate event that one parent is deceased, the death certificate must be provided
  • All flight details with valid return ticket
Fore more information about our under 18s volunteer projects, read up on Volunteer Projects for Teens.