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Twenty airlines, including RwandAir, have written an open letter to South African government warning about the impact of new visa requirements.

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Stepehen Grootes


JOHANNESBURG – Twenty international airlines from countries like Rwanda, the United Kingdom, China and Mauritius have now written an open letter to government warning that new visa requirements are going to be a public relations and tourism disaster for the country.

The new requirements make it compulsory for children travelling to South Africa to have their unabridged birth certificates with them.

The airlines say the rule appears to be based on incorrect information and that the Department of Home Affairs is trying to solve the right problems in the wrong way.

Virgin Atlantic’s Simon Newton-Smith says the policy means that international passports are rendered useless for any person under 18.

But Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says the new requirements are completely reasonable.

“We just want proof of the birth of a child as is provided in the birth country.”

To view the new regulations, click here.



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