Travelling to South Africa with children

There are so many things to think about when you’re travelling with children. Clothes, favourite toys, medication – there’s a long list of things to consider. South African has previously had strict requirements for travelling minors but these have been relaxed to allow for easier access for tourists. Here is what you need to know:

Once you get all of the boring red tape out of the way, make sure that your kids have the time of their lives on their trip to Cape Town.  The City Pass offers entry to over 70 of Cape Town’s attractions and is a fantastic way to see the city with your little ones. 

A valid passport and visa

Now, we know it’s pretty obvious that your child will need a valid passport and visa (if necessary) in order to travel to another country. But remember to check passports (both your child’s and your own) for blank pages.  Passports must have at least two blank pages for entry and exit stamps. This is a small but vital detail that could stop your holiday in its tracks if forgotten.

To find out if you need a visa, take a look at the list of visa-exempt countries here.

The good news is that it has never been easier to travel to South Africa with your family. Previously, South Africa required that all children entering the country have an unabridged birth certificate with them. A change in policy on the 8th November 2019 means that children travelling no longer need unabridged birth certificates or parental consent affidavits to travel.


Planning a trip to Cape Town? Book flights, browse accommodation, and rent a car now to get the best rates. The Cape Town City Pass gives you access to over 70 of the top Cape Town attractions, tours, and things to see and do, including the popular hop on hop off City Sightseeing bus.


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