Home Affairs signed waiver of the Unabridged Birth Certificate to boost Tourism

A Gela

In its ANC Parliamentary Caucus Lekgotla on the week-end of 6 - 8th September 2019 the ANC noted concerns about the implementation of reforms in visa regulations, which are crucial for boosting the tourism sector in the country. The Lekgotla resolved that the ANC in Parliament will move with greater vigour to ensure that the government implements decisive policy measures, to reignite inclusive growth and create jobs. We welcome the recent signing of the waiver by Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi which allows children from other countries to enter the country without carrying additional supporting documents. This will have a positive impact on tourism.

As of Friday, 8th November 2019, children from other countries can enter and depart the country without being required to provide birth certificates, consent letters, and other supporting documents relating to proof of parentage. The change in the policy follows the roadshows to the UK, Central Europe and North America, where concerns were raised that South Africa was starting to lose ground in the family travel market, as families were choosing other destinations, owing to the regulations around travelling with minors. This waiving of the unabridged birth certificate will also assist to achieve the goal set by President Cyril Ramaphosa of the 21 million arrivals by 2030.

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