Entering South Africa

Holders of a Swiss passport valid for at least thirty (30) days at the time of entering South Africa do not require a visa. As a general rule, all documents not issued in English must be accompanied by a notarised English translation. A notarised translation can be requested from the competent authority of your country. Presentation of the original documents or the officially notarised copies is required. The stipulated requirements must be met as, otherwise, entry to or exit from South Africa will be denied by the South African authorities.

Entry and exit of minors (under 18 years of age)

Strict entry and exit rules apply for children under 18 years of age. On all accounts, a valid passport and an unabridged birth certificate will need to be presented. An unabridged birth certificate contains information about the child and both parents on the date the birth was registered. For countries that do not issue unabridged birth certificates, a letter issued by the competent authorities of your respective country is required for this purpose.

In some cases, further documents in addition to a valid passport and an unabridged birth certificate are required for children under 18 years of age travelling to and in South Africa. Please see the cases described below.

Minor travelling accompanied by both biological parents

  • A passport and an unabridged birth certificate

Travelling minor accompanied by one parent

  • A passport and an unabridged birth certificate
  • Consent from the other parent listed on the birth certificate for entry or exit to/from South Africa with the minor in the form of an affidavit; this affidavit may not be older than three months on the travel date

OR

  • A court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or full legal guardianship of the child exclusively to the travelling parent

OR

  • A death certificate of the deceased parent listed on the child’s birth certificate

Travelling minor accompanied by a person who is not a biological parent

  • A passport and a copy of the child’s unabridged birth certificate
  • An affidavit from the child’s parents or legal guardian stating that the respective person is authorised to travel with the child
  • Copies of the parents’ identification documents or passports or that of the legal guardian
  • The parents’ contact information or that of the legal guardian of the child

Unaccompanied minor

  • Permission by a parent or both parents or the legal guardian for the entry/exit of the child to/from South Africa in the form of a letter or an affidavit; should this parental consent affidavit originate from just one parent, then, additionally, a copy of a court ruling must be provided showing that sole custody of this child has been granted to this parent
  • A letter from the person who will receive the child in South Africa, including address and contact information for the child’s stay in South Africa
  • A copy of the identification document, a valid passport, visa or an unlimited residency permit of the person who is receiving the child in South Africa
  • The parents’ contact information or that of the legal guardian of the child

For further details, please contact the South African Embassy in Switzerland or in your country of residence.

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