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Traveling with Children

In an effort to keep you as up to date as possible we at Interface Africa would like to provide you with the latest legislation regarding traveling with your children, the links provided are updated by the department of home affairs, please be sure to check this legislation before you travel. As of 1 June 2015, The Department of Home Affairs introduced  new traveling procedures for all minor children (Children under the age of 18 years). Click on the below link for detailed information.

The Department of Home Affairs – Traveling with Children 

Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever

  • Yellow fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes. The “yellow” in the name refers to the jaundice that affects some patients.
  • Symptoms of yellow fever include fever, headache, jaundice, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.
  • A small proportion of patients who contract the virus develop severe symptoms and approximately half of those die within 7 to 10 days.
  • The virus is endemic in tropical areas of Africa and Central and South America.
  • Since the launch of the Yellow Fever Initiative in 2006, significant progress in combatting the disease has been made in West Africa and more than 105 million people have been vaccinated in mass campaigns. No outbreaks of yellow fever were reported in West Africa during 2015.
  • Large epidemics of yellow fever occur when infected people introduce the virus into heavily populated areas with high mosquito density and where most people have little or no immunity, due to lack of vaccination. In these conditions, infected mosquitoes transmit the virus from person to person.

VFS Global-submission of applications in SA

VFS Global, which is the largest outsourcing and technology service specialist to governments and diplomatic missions worldwide, has been appointed by Department of Home Affairs to facilitate and manage the visa applications.

All foreign nationals applying for any category of temporary residence visas will be required to present him/herself in person at the office of submission in South Africa.

VFS South Africa

Department of International Relations and Cooperation

The Department of International Relations and Co operations (DIRCO) formulates, coordinates, implement and manages South Africa’s foreign policy and international relations programmes, promote South Africa’s national interest and values and the African Renaissance.

The following link Dirco Foreign Missions  will assist in locating the closest foreign mission office for the submission of your application.

Department of Trade and Investment

The Department of Trade and Industry assists investors interested in establishing businesses in the republic or investing in an established business in South Africa.

The departments strategic objectives are to:

  • Facilitate transformation of the economy to promote industrial development, investment, competitiveness and employment creation.
  • Build mutually beneficial regional and global relations to advance South Africa´s trade, industrial policy and economic development objectives
  • Facilitate broad-based economic participation through targeted interventions to achieve more inclusive growth;
  • Create a fair regulatory environment that enables investment, trade and enterprise development in an equitable and socially responsible manner; and
  • Promote a professional, ethical, dynamic, competitive and customer-focused working environment that ensures effective and efficient service delivery.

The Department of Trade and Industry 

White Paper on International Migration

The Department of Home Affairs published the White Paper on International Migration on the 29th of March 2017, ushering a new visa regime for South Africa.

The current policy in international migration is set out in the 1999 White paper on international migration, implemented through the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No.13 of 2002) and partly through the Refugees Act, 1998 (Act No.130 of 1998).

The White paper recommends policy and strategic interventions in eight (8) policy areas:

  • The management of admissions and departures
  • The management of residency and naturalization
  • The management of international migrants with skills and capital
  • The management of ties with South African expatriates
  • The management of international migration within the African context
  • The management of asylum seekers and refugees
  • The management of the integration process for international migrants; and
  • The management of enforcement

The Government Gazetted White Paper on International Migration can be obtained on the Department of Home Affairs website: