''Relaxed visa regulations will make things better for family travel"

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Tuesday announced the relaxation of visa regulations introduced in 2015.

Speaking to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies, Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom says after lengthy deliberations with Home Affairs it was decided that there needed to be some kind of relaxation to the regulations as they were proving to be problematic.

Read: Gigaba throws SA tourism a lifeline, backtracks on foreign minor travel rules

With the introduction of these regulations in 2015, it made it extremely difficult for family travel and for children under 18 to travel to South Africa.

Derek Hanekom, Minister of Tourism

The changes are going to make a big difference to family travel. We are now bringing it in line with what other countries do.

Derek Hanekom, Minister of Tourism

According to Hanekom, if both parents are travelling with a minor there will be no grounds for suspicion and there will be nothing required.

But in an event where a single parent is travelling with a minor, they are advised to carry all the documents in case they are asked to produce them at the border or customs.

If the immigration officials have some grounds of suspicion, they could call the parent aside and ask them to produce documents listed in the advisory note.

Derek Hanekom, Minister of Tourism

Hanekom says in an event that the required documents cannot be produced, the adult will have to convince the officials that there is nothing untoward with their relationship in order to avoid child trafficking.

He says people will be given an opportunity to say their part and explain why they dont have the required documents before they could be sent back home.

To hear the rest of the discussion with Minister Hanekom. listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : ''Relaxed visa regulations will make things better for family travel"


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