‘SA immigration regulations are not going anywhere’

Concerns have been raised about a requirement that demands children carry unabridged birth certificates.

FILE: Minister Malusi Gigaba recently toured the newly renovated Edenvale Home Affairs offices. Photo: Louise McAuliffe.

PRETORIA - Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says South Africa's tougher immigration regulations are not going anywhere.

Concerns have been raised about a requirement that demands children carry unabridged birth certificate when they travel to and from South Africa.

He's dismissed reports that a drop in the number of tourists can be attributed to prospective visitors having to appear in person for visa applications.

Gigaba says immigration authorities are striving to make implementation of the tough new regulations easier.

But the new regime will not be changed.

"There is no way we are going to allow any child to leave this country without being in possession of an unabridged certificate."

He says the requirements bring South African into line with most other Western countries and that travel industry estimates of what this will cost the country in lost revenue are guesswork, not worthy of attention.

He insists people will still continue visiting South Africa to experience the same attractions that have always brought them to the country.

To view the new regulations, click here.