The Department of Home Affairs welcomes Cabinet’s reaffirmation of the Immigration Regulations and, in particular, the requirements for traveling with children through South Africa’s ports of entry.
In order to amplify consultation for compliance between the Department of Home Affairs and key stakeholders in the aviation, tourism, travel and hospitality sector, Minister Malusi Gigaba will convene a Ministerial team comprising both the security and economic clusters. Among others, the Ministerial team will look at matters pertaining to the implementation of the Immigration Regulations with a view to seek a balance between South Africa’s economic development as well as security needs.
The move to establish the Ministerial team will add to efforts aimed at addressing administrative issues that may have been experienced when the requirements for traveling with children through South Africa’s ports of entry were implemented on 01 June 2015.
The Department of Home Affairs believes the Immigration Regulations will minimize the vulnerability of children traveling in and out of the country. To this end, the Department of Home Affairs has received overwhelming support and encouragement from ordinary South African families who welcome moves to protect the well-being of children.