Posted on Thu 27th August 2015 9.43AM Notarial
New rules have come into force for anyone travelling with a child into or out of South Africa
In the case of both parents travelling with the child, they must have what is called an "unabridged" birth certificate. This is a reference to a full certificate, and it must be an original, not a photocopy - photocopying anyway breaches Crown copyright.
Where only one parent is travelling then in addition there must be a sworn affidavit from the other party giving certain information, a copy of any court order or a death certificate if applicable.
When traveling with a child not your own you must in addition have copies of the parents' passports and contact details for the parents.
These documents should be dealt with by a notary. The South African Embassy publishes a standard form of affidavit which refers to it being sworn by a Commissioner of Oaths. Note that this is a South African term and is not the same thing as an English Commissioner for Oaths.
Any document going abroad should be dealt with by a notary public, whose role is recognised in South African law. At least one parent has already been caught out by these rules!