Tears at the airport as families denied boarding

Nearly two years after the implementation of South Africa’s regulations for travelling minors, travellers are still being denied boarding as foreign airline staff try to implement the unabridged birth certificate (UBC) regulation.

With effect from June 1, 2015, children travelling to, from and transiting through South Africa are required to produce an unabridged birth certificate.

An Inter-Ministerial Committee, last year recommended changes to these regulations but, to date, no change has been made.

According to Martin Wiest, CEO of Tourvest Destination Management, more than 30 people were unable to fly from Paris to Johannesburg last week as a result of the regulations.