Citizen of most European and Commonwealth countries do not require
a visa for entry into Botswana.
Visitors should check with Botswana embassies or consulates, or
their travel agents, before departure.
It is vital for visitors to carry a valid passport and sufficient
funds to facilitate their stay.
Note: For countries with whom Botswana has no diplomatic representation,
visa information and processing is available though British Embassies
and High Commissions.
Unabridged Birth Certificate For Minors
From 1 June 2015, the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa
will require all passengers under 18 to travel with an Unabridged
What is it?
A new immigration law is coming into effect on 1 June 2015.
Under the new law, all minors under the age of 18 years will be
required to produce, in addition to their passport, an Unabridged
Birth Certificate (showing the particulars of both parents) when
exiting and entering South African ports of entry.
Why is it happening?
This is being done to curb human trafficking. According to the Department
of Home Affairs, 30 000 minors are trafficked through South African
borders every year. 50% of these minors are under the age of 14.
When the new immigration regulation comes into effect on 1 June,
it will be the responsibility of passengers to ensure their children
have the correct documentation or risk being denied boarding. The
new law will be enforced by airlines and immigration officials across
the board (land, sea and air). Although airlines and travel agents
are doing everything to keep passengers informed, ultimately it
will be passengers’ responsibility to know what is required
In all cases an Unabridged Birth Certificate will be required for
minors departing and arriving in South Africa ... they will not
be allowed to travel without it. In cases where the Unabridged Birth
Certificate is in a language other than English, it must be accompanied
by a sworn translation issued by a competent authority in the country
Children travelling with only one parent
When a child travels with only one parent, additional documents
should include an affidavit in which the absent parent gives consent
for the child to travel, a court order granting full parental responsibilities
or legal guardianship of the child, or the death certificate of
the absent parent. The affidavit should be no more than 3 months
old from date of travel.
Children travelling without either parent
In the case of a child travelling with a person other than a parent,
the Unabridged Birth Certificate must be supplemented by affidavits
from the parents or legal guardians confirming that the child may
travel with that person, copies of the ID documents or passports
of the parents or legal guardian, and the contact details of the
parents or legal guardian.
Similarly, a child travelling as an unaccompanied minor
would have to produce not only the Unabridged Birth Certificate,
but also proof of consent from both parents or legal guardians and
contact details, plus documentation relating to the person receiving
the child in South Africa. The latter documentation should include
a letter stating the person’s contact details and residential
address, contact details where the child will be residing, plus
a copy of his or her ID document, passport or residence permit.
Application process for Unabridged Birth Certificates
· Apply at your nearest Home Affairs office where your Biometric
information will be verified.
· Take your ID book along, as well as your child's ID number.
· All documents submitted must be originals or certified
· The Unabridged Birth Certificate costs R75.
· It can take up to 8 weeks to acquire an Unabridged Birth
Certificate from the date of application.
Since last year, Unabridged Birth Certificates have been issued
automatically for newborns. If your infant was born after 14 March
2013, you should be in possession of a UBC.
Certified copies of documents are usually valid for 6 months only.
Don't delay applying for Unabridged Birth Certificates as the time
frame for obtaining the documentation varies greatly, from a few
weeks to several months.
Minors travelling in school groups or with their grandparents are
not exempt from the requirement.
Who is exempt?
· The new law does not apply to children travelling domestically
(E.g. Between Johannesburg and Cape Town).
· Minor passengers on a 'Cruise to Nowhere'. For example
a cruise that departs Durban Harbour and returns to Durban Harbour,
or a cruise that goes from Durban Harbour to Cape Town Harbour.
Department of Home Affairs toll free hotline: 0800 60 11 90