South Africa Extends Deadline For New Immigration Laws

The South African government will extend the deadline for the introduction of parts of the new immigration laws. The extension is aimed at giving adequate time to people travelling to and from South Africa.
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba made the announcement in Parliament on Tuesday. The temporary reprieve places the implementation on hold until June next year. It also includes the requirement for possession of unabridged birth certificates as well as written parental permission for travelling minors.

The department has convened a task team to assess the effect of the new laws. “We are enormously pleased with the establishment of this task team and trust its representatives will bring invaluable perspectives and information on the tourism and travel sector,” Gigaba says.

Gigaba says it will continue to engage business, sports bodies and Tourism South Africa.