The Department of Home Affairs' new VISA regulations regarding children leaving the country will roll out from tomorrow, 1 June 2015.
As of 1 June 2015, children leaving South Africa's borders will need an unabridged birth certificate and a passport. In addition to these documents, both parents must provide written consent for their children to travel.
Speaking to Weekend Breakfast co-host, Africa Melane on 702 and Cape Talk this morning CEO of the Association of South African Travel Agents, Otto de Vries expressed the organization's frustration with the new VISA regulations.
I have doubts as to whether or not the Department of Home Affairs is indeed as ready as they say they are but ... it's easy to make statements like that when you've shifted the resposibility to airlines and checking staff across the world who are now going to have to carry the burden and responsibility of ensuring that indeed children under the age of 18 are carrying a document that is completely unique in terms of global travel [best] practice.— Otto de Vries, Association of South African Travel Agents CEO
De Vries carried on to explain the building frustration over the past few weeks as the specifics around the regulations have changed numerous times, leaving travel officials confused and frustrated.
What we're finding disturbing is a plethora of different policies that are being implemented by different airlines around the world - based on whatever the latest information was that they had in hand. So we're seeing a mixture of information , even the South African tourism offices worldwide are actually not sure what they're supposed to be telling anybody anymore.— Otto de Vries, Association of South African Travel Agents CEO
702 and Cape Talk failed to get hold of Department of Home Affairs Spokesperson, Mayihlome Tshwete for comment and further clarity on the new VISA regulations.
Listen to Africa Melane's conversation with Otto de Vries below: