By law and standards of good practice, a medical clearance to fly will be required from your medical practitioner. A fitness to fly certificate will need to detail your current medical condition/s, the risk that flying poses to that condition/s and the precaution/s that need to be followed in order to ensure your safety. These clear recommendations will provide the pilot with all the information required relevant to the air transfer to allow for an incident free flight, especially in an unpressurised aircraft.
Similarly, a medical clearance or fitness to travel letter is required for a guest/s that may need special care or attention or those who may be travelling with medical equipment (sleep apnoea machine, wheelchair, walker, etc.). For guests who have been operated on or admitted to hospital within the four weeks prior to travel, please ensure that your medical practitioner clarifies whether your condition/s has stabilised sufficiently for travel.
Travel Regulations For Children
If a parent/guardian is travelling alone with a minor child/ren (aged 18 years or younger) to South Africa then the parent/guardian must be in possession of a certified letter of consent from the non-accompanying parent or guardian.
All passengers under 18 years of age will need to present an unabridged birth certificate as well as a valid passport when entering, departing or transiting South Africa or Botswana (as advised by The Ministry Of Nationality, Immigration & Gender Affairs Tourism).
This is a requirement of The UN: Convention On The Rights Of The Child, which states that every member country that has acceded to, or signed it, should introduce some measures of control.
Abbreviated versions or baptismal certificates are not accepted. This requirement applies to minors of all nationalities – whether travelling unaccompanied, with both parents, with one parent, an adoptive parent/s or with a legal guardian/s or any another adult/s (e.g. family member or friend, etc.). A sworn translation (certified/authenticated) in English should accompany all documentation that is in a language other than English.
An “Unabridged Birth Certificate” contains the following details:
- Particulars of the child/ren: date and place of birth, gender and name in full.
- Particulars of the parents: full names, date and place of birth and their citizenship at time of birth.
For single parents, or those travelling alone with their child/ren, the following must be provided:
- An affidavit (no more than 3 months old on the date of travel) in which the absent parent gives consent for the child to travel, or
- A court order granting full responsibilities or legal guardianship of the child, or
- The death certificate of the absent parent.
Note too that documents such as affidavits that are older than 6 months at the time of travel will not be valid.