Concessions made in Visa regulations

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Strigent regulations on travelling with children will remain in place.

Parents would no longer have to carry their children’s required unabridged certificate when travelling with their children as Home Affairs has decided to implement the printing of the parents’ details in passports.

The Department of Home Affairs  Director General Mkuseli Apleni said confirmed that the stringent regulations on  travelling with children will  remain in place.

Apleni said the department was still of the strong belief that the regulations were implemented to protect children.

However, few administration requirements have been relaxed.

When travelling in school groups, parents would bo longer have to worry about producing affidavits as this would be the responsibility of the principal from which the group is from.

He added that the validity of the parental consent would also be extended to a period of 6 months.

These concessions would be effective within the next three months.

The controversial regulations caused tension between tourism associations and Home Affairs in June 1 when they came into full effect.

The sectoral associations moaned about how the regulations were hurting the industry by causing a drop into the tourists numbers.

Apleni said he is certain that the concessions would balance the need of tourism business and still protect children.

The director of general of tourism Victor Thatage said the department fully welcomed the concessions.

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