The International Air Transport Association (IATA), on 29 April, updated the Travel Information Manual Automatic (TIMATIC), used by airport ground staff to determine whether a passenger can be carried, with regard to the requirements for children travelling to South Africa.
According to the updated text, IATA is advising that members’ check-in staff to no longer request birth certificates from minors who have visas, or who are exempted from visas, if travelling with their parents with the same surname.
After many years of campaigning for easing the Unabridged Birth Certificate (UBC) regulations, SATSA is very pleased that this has finally been adopted.
Although we would like to see the requirements removed outright, this is certainly a step in the right direction.
For the full update as published by IATA, click here