The Immigration Service would like to remind all persons travelling with children under the age of 18 to South Africa of a change in entry regulations.

  • Parents may be asked to show a full birth certificate (including both parents’ names) for all travelling children to an Immigration Officer, even when both parents are travelling with their own children.

This regulation has been introduced from 1 June 2015 in an attempt to reduce instances of child trafficking through South Africa.  This is not specific to St Helena and is applied to all parents travelling with children through all South African sea and air ports.  The revised regulations apply to South African citizens and visitors.

There is no change to Ascension Island or UK entry controls relating to children at this time.

For children born in St Helena, birth certificates can be obtained from the Customer Service Centre in Jamestown.  For children born in the UK the following address may be used to order a replacement birth certificate:  

Sufficient time should be allowed ahead of your departure from St Helena to receive the certificate by post from the UK.  A one day dispatch service is available.  Services vary in other countries.

The requirements for single parents, or those travelling abroad with children for whom they do not have parental responsibility, are different.  The following page provides further details:

Further information is available from the Immigration Office in Ogborn House, Jamestown, tel: (00290) 22626.


4 August 2015


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