Unabridged Birth Certificates Vs – Birth Certificates
In order to stem the confusion pertaining to the new Unabridged Birth Certificates introduced on the 1st of June 2015 and regular Birth Certificates, the South African Home Affairs department simply changed the terminology, scrapping the use of the former and now only issues “Birth Certificates” which are actually unabridged birth certificates simply renamed Birth Certificates.
It is important to know this as in addition to valid passports and where required, visas, the new Birth Certificates which are actually Unabridged Birth Certificates are required to be presented by minor children entering or leaving South African borders.
Unless a parent intending to travel specifically has obtained the Unabridged Birth Certificates for their children after the 1st of June 2015, parents are advised to apply for their children’s certificates in good time prior to making any cross border travel arrangements as many a travel plan has been scuppered because the correct certificate has not been presented to an immigration officer upon entering or leaving South Africa.
To this end Q-Pro offers an express Unabridged Birth Certificate service, enabling parents to have their children certificates in hand within a maximum of 7-14 days rather than the usual 8-12 weeks if they were to apply directly at their local SA Home Affairs or South African consular service.
In addition, there are stringent documentary requirements for minors travelling with only one or no parent.
If you would like to make use of Q-pro’s express South African Home Affairs documentation service, simply fill out the form below or contact us and an experienced member of our team will contact you to discuss your requirements.