Gigaba stands firm on child visa regulations

He warned that if people arrive in the country without the required documentation, they will be sent back.

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says there are no circumstances under which the department will change its new visa regulations requiring children to travel with unabridged birth certificates.

The department is also insisting that it will not negotiate on its requirement for people travelling to South Africa to have applied for visas first in person in the country in which they are coming from.

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

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.

But Gigaba is standing firm.

"Let me be very clear about this -there is absolutely no way that we are going to change these regulations. If you travel to South Africa with a child and you don't have a birth certificate of that child or a passport, we will send you back."

To view the new regulations, click here.