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New baggage restrictions at OR Tambo International Airport
Please be advised there are new baggage restrictions that have been implemented as of 25 March 2019.
This is to prevent blockages and breakdowns in the baggage-handling system caused by bags that do not have any flat surfaces or that have long straps or grips – as per IATA guidelines. These are the largest source of jams and can shut down sections of the baggage-handling system, delaying baggage delivery to aircraft, and inconveniencing passengers and airlines.
The new rules are:
- Only regular-shaped bags will be allowed to be checked in. This means that the bags must have at least one flat surface to be accepted
- Round or irregular-shaped bags will not be allowed
- Bags with longs straps will not be allowed
Passengers who try to check in bags that don’t conform to these rules will have the option of having their baggage wrapped with one flat side at airport-approved baggage wrapping stations.
Unabridged birth certificates required for children travelling to and from Botswana
The Botswana Government has announced that minors travelling through its borders will be required to produce certified copies of unabridged birth certificates in addition to their valid passports effective from 1 October 2016. Unabridged birth certificates have been a requirement for travellers entering or leaving South African borders from mid last year. Most travellers either enter and / or exit Botswana through South Africa so they would have had these documents in place already. Please take note of the below for guests entering and exiting Botswana and not coming through South Africa. Any children under the age of 18 will not be allowed to enter the country without these documents. In the event that one parent is not travelling with the child, the other parent’s affidavit consenting to such travel should also be available. Please contact us for more information.
Travelling with children regulations
Guests travelling to Botswana via South Africa need to be aware that parents travelling with children would now be requested to provide the following information for all travelling children. Please note this is a South African government regulation enforced only if guests enter or exit Botswana via South Africa.
Child and both parents - Parents need to produce an unabridged birth certificate and a valid passport for the child.
Child and one parent - Parent must produce an unabridged birth certificate, a valid passport for the child and a court order / death certificate / affidavit confirming the absent parent has given permission for the child to travel.
Child and guardian - Guardian must produce an unabridged birth certificate, a valid passport for the child, a court order / death certificate / affidavit confirming the parents have given permission for the child to travel, Copies of parents / guardian ID documents, Contact details of parents/guardian.
Child unaccompanied - Needs to produce an unabridged birth certificate, a valid passport, a court order / death certificate / affidavit from both parents or legal guardian confirming permission to travel, a letter from the person who will receive the child in South Africa including their full contact details and a certified copy of their ID / passport produced and contact details of parents / guardian.
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