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Travelling to South Africa?

If you are travelling with children, please click here for information on new rules.

Vaccination List Essential for Entry Recommended Optional
Yellow Fever*
Tetanus / Diphtheria
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Meningitis ACYW-135
Tick-Borne Encephalitis
Japanese Encephalitis
MMRSome travellers may need protection for these: read more here.
Pneumococcal (PPV23)Some travellers may need protection for these: read more here.
MalariaMalaria protection tablets are required for some or all of the country.

*Required if arriving after a stay of 12 hours or more in a Yellow Fever-infected country.

Travelling With Children 

South Africa has revised the entry and exit rules for those travelling with children. The South African Department of Home Affairs has advised the new rules are to protect children from trafficking, abduction and kidnapping. The new rules will apply from 1 June 2015 and are applicable to all children under 18 years old:

  • Those travelling into or out of South Africa with children may be asked to produce unabridged birth certificates reflecting the details of both parents/guardians, as well as a valid passport for each child.
  • This requirement applies even when both parents/guardians are travelling with their children.
  • Where only one parent/guardian is accompanying, they may be asked to produce parental or legal consent for each child to travel, such as an affidavit from the other parent, a court order or - if applicable - a death certificate.
  • There are additional requirements for children travelling unaccompanied or with adults who are not their parents/guardians.

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