Could the new travel regulations affect the country's tourism industry?

From the 1 June, parents and guardians will have to abide by the travel regulations for passengers traveling by air with children. Parents have to produce an unabridged birth certificate (UBC) of all traveling children.

In addition guardians travelling with children will be required to produce affidavits from parents as proof of permission for the children to travel. South Africans and foreigners have to provide details of the child's father and mother.

The regulations apply even when both parents are travelling with their own children.

CapeTalk’s John Maytham spoke to David Frost, CEO of South African Tourism Services Association about the effects of the unabridged birth certificates legislation on tourism.

They are very much in line with what’s been on the table for the last ten months. This thing broke in June last year and it’s been gazetted in March but there was no proper consultation and it took us till the 1st of October to get a meeting with the Minister. This is the economic sector and it accounts for 9 percent of the economy – 1.4 million jobs. From June to October to get a meeting, he then announced that he’s going to set up a task team to review these things and look at implementation. That task team to date has never met. Quite frankly it is utter disdain that the tourism industry has been shunted down, we have no proper consultation, we have no dates to put on the table and the Minister doesn’t quantify what the state of the problem is. Bear in mind this is not a security issue, this is not that the country is at risk here…

David Frost

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According to Frost, South Africa is the only country in the world that is going to this extent with the regulations and he says this is going to affect the country’s tourism industry. He further said that the cabinet should have asked for the economic impact assessment study to quantify and balance the needs.

Listen to the whole conversation below:


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