It seems airlines around the world are still denying boarding to children without birth certificates on route to South Africa.
This is because of a travel advisory issued by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), which contradicts the relaxation of the travel regulations published last year.
The Amendment to the Immigration Act was gazetted on November 30. It scrapped the requirement for children travelling with both parents on a foreign passport to carry a birth certificate when they travel.
Despite this, travel expert and publisher Dave Marsh says the department issued an advisory on its website stating the opposite of the amended legislation.
Marsh suspects something sinister about the contradiction between the Home Affairs advisory which circumvents South African law.
He says the DHA appears to have a hidden agenda, while the Tourism Department battles to make South Africa a family-friendly destination.
I've got reports of airlines continuing to disallow boarding who were underage in South Africa.— Dave Marsh, Managing Director of Travel & Trade Publishing
The day after the regulations were gazetted, the Department of Home Affairs issued a travel advisory which says the opposite.— Dave Marsh, Managing Director of Travel & Trade Publishing
Airlines cannot risk something that is so contradictory.— Dave Marsh, Managing Director of Travel & Trade Publishing
Listen to the travel expert explain the confusion: