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The best and most accurate means to describe the Apostille
Convention is to use its formal name: The Hague Convention of 5 October 1961
(Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents). As
you might already know, if you plan on using legal documents outside of South
Africa, you will have to get them apostilled in order to ensure their validity. Continue reading

General information about South African Visas

Visitors’ visas are for international travellers (citizens of other countries) who have permanent residence outside South Africa and who wish to visit the country on a temporary basis for tourism or business purposes for a period of 90 days or less. Continue reading

Registering a death

The Births and Deaths Registration Act requires that a person’s death be reported to any one of the following people:

  • Specific officers at the Department of Home Affairs
  • South African Police Service members, especially in areas where the Department of Home Affairs has no offices
  • South African mission, embassy  or consulate, if the death occurred abroad
  • Funeral undertakers who are appointed and recognised by the law

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The solemnisation and registration of civil marriages, customary marriages and civil unions are managed by the Department of Home Affairs. Civil marriages are governed by the Marriage Act and regulations issued in terms of the Act. South Africa also recognizes customary marriages through the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act, which became effective in November 2000. Civil unions are recognised in terms of the Civil Union Act (2006). Continue reading

Revised: 02 April 2019

The requirements for children travelling to or from the Republic of South Africa are aimed at giving effect to the Children’s Act, 2005.



1.1. The documents listed under paragraph 2 must on request be produced at a port of entry by South African children entering and leaving the Republic, as well as by unaccompanied minors, regardless of their nationalities.

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