Going to South Africa?

AMENDED GUIDELINES SIMPLIFY FAMILY TRAVEL TO SOUTH AFRICA

These regulations are easing family travel and allowing the diverse natural scenery and wildlife of the country to be explored by children of all ages and their parents. The variety of sites and events in the country are ideal for multi-generational travel and now the whole family can easily visit! Witness the big 5 on a safari and experience the infamous penguins on Boulder Beach. Round out your trip with scenic hikes and tours through the varying city scapes and discover the history of the country and celebrate the influence of Nelson Mandela.

South Africa is becoming more accessible for traveling families through updated regulations. The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) announced on December 1st, 2018 that they are relaxing some of the regulations for children traveling to South Africa. The announcement comes at a pivotal point for family travel as the Festive Season, a time when many families travel with their children, is fast approaching.

Amended Guidelines for US & CAN Child Travelers to South Africa

As visas are not required for US & CAN travelers visiting for less than 90 days, generally, children (under 18) travelling with both parents will experience no additional questioning and will not be requested to provide any additional documents, over and above a valid passport.

However, if it may appear that you are not the parents of the child for any reason, such as different surnames, same sex marriages, significant age differences, or different nationalities, documentation may be requested. It is suggested that you consider carrying a birth certificate which features the details of the parent or parents, or other documentation that might assist to prove the parental relationship such as a marriage certificate, adoption certificate etc.

If only one parent is travelling with a child, or a child is travelling with another adult (or adults) who is/are not the child’s parent, you may be asked a few questions to establish your relationship with the child, the reason the child is travelling with you and/or the reason the other parent is not travelling with you.

Such travelers are strongly advised to carry evidence of their relationship with the child and/or the reason why they are travelling with the child, and evidence of consent to travel with the child from the absent parent or parents, together with their identification and contact details. However, should officials ask for documents you are not carrying with you, you will be given some time after arrival to source the relevant documentation requested.

This additional documentation could include:
* A copy of a birth certificate of the child with the parent or parents’ details;

*Written consent (which need not be an affidavit or notarized) from the absent parent or parents, or legal guardian of the child, authorizing the child to travel to the Republic with the adult he or she is travelling with;

*Copy of the passport of the parent or parents or legal guardian of the child;

*The contact details of the parent or parents, or legal guardian, of the child;

*Where applicable, copy of an adoption order;

*Where applicable, a copy of a court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship in respect of the child, if he or she is the sole parent or legal guardian of the child;

*Where applicable, a copy of a death certificate of the deceased parent or parents of the child.

For more details visit the Department of Home Affairs website here.
For more information on South Africa’s rich and diverse offerings visit www.southafrica.net, follow @SouthAfrica on Twitter and @VisitSouthAfrica on Instagram and Facebook.

Do I need an entry visa to visit Israel?

Generally, bearers of United States passports do not require prior arrangement of a tourist visa to enter Israel; visas are issued upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport. Other nationalities should get clarification from an Israeli Embassy or consulate (see below).

Tourist visas issued at Ben Gurion Airport are typically valid for three (3) months. Those wanting to stay longer than three (3) months are required to get an extension through the Ministry of Interior.

If a traveler has had ANY previous entry-visa-related issues (in Israel), or thinks he/she might be on a no-fly list, the matter should be clarified at the Israeli Embassy or consulate closest to your home prior to departure from the United States. Discipleship Travel LLC is not responsible for denial of entry, nor any resulting damages of being denied entry to Israel.

Below is a list of locations, hours and contact information of Israeli consulates in the United States.

Atlanta
1100 Spring St. N.W., Suite 440
Atlanta, GA 30309
Tel:            404-487-6500
Fax:           404-487-6555

info@atlanta.mfa.gov.il 

Mon-Thurs      9:30am – 1:00pm

Boston
20 Park Plaza, Suite 1020
Boston, MA 02116
Tel:            617-535-0200
Fax:           617-535-0255

info@boston.mfa.gov.il

Mon-Fri      10:00am – 1:00pm
(Visits by appointment only)

Chicago
111 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1308
Chicago, IL 60601
Tel:            312-297-4800
Fax:           312-297-4855

info@chicago.mfa.gov.il
Mon-Thurs     9:30am – 1:00pm

Houston
24 Greenway Plaza, Suite 1500
Houston, TX 77046
Tel:            713-627-
Fax:           713-627-0149

consular.dep@houston.mfa.gov.il
Mon-Fri     9:30am – 12:30pm
(except national and Jewish holidays)

Los Angeles
6380 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1700
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Tel:            323-852-5500
Fax:           323-852-5555

info@losangeles.mfa.gov.il
Mon-Fri     9:00am – 12:00pm

Miami
100 N. Biscayne (Yitzhak Rabin) Blvd
Suite 1800
Miami, FL 33132
Tel:            305-925-9400
Fax:           305-925-9455

info@miami.mfa.gov.il
Mon-Thurs      8:45am – 5:15pm

New York

800 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Tel:            212-499-5400
Fax:           212-499-5555

consular@newyork.mfa.gov.il
Mon-Fri     9:00am – 12:00pm
(Except American & Jewish holidays)

Philadelphia
1800 JFK Boulevard, Suite 1818
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tel:            215-977-7600
Fax:           215-977-7611

info@philadelphia.mfa.gov.il
Mon-Thurs      9:00am – 1:00pm
(
Except national & Jewish holidays)

San Francisco
456 Montgomery Street, Suite 2100
San Francisco, CA 94104
(Downtown between California & Sacramento Streets)
Tel:                415-844-7500
Fax:               415-844-7555

info@sanfrancisco.mfa.gov.il
Mon-Fri     9:00am – 12:00pm

Washington DC
3514 International Drive NW
Washington DC 20008
Tel:            202-364-5500
Fax:           202-364-5607

info@washington.mfa.gov.il 
Mon-Fri     9:30am – 1:00pm