Carrying of birth certificates not a legal requirement

17 Dec 2018 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 17 DEC (NAMPA) – There is no legal requirement for parents to carry birth certificates or consent letters of children for domestic travel, the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration (MHAI) has announced.
This follows an announcement in a local newspaper last week that persons traveling within Namibia with minor children must carry the child’s full birth certificate and or a consent letter from the absent parent.
In a media statement released on Friday, acting MHAI Permanent Secretary Anette Bayer Forsingdal said this is not a legal requirement.
However, travellers, including minor children, should be able to at all times positively identify themselves to prove that they are entitled to be in and to travel through Namibia.
This, according to Forsingdal, is contained in the Immigration Control Act 7 of 1993 which says an immigration official may require the production of a duly authenticated marriage certificate or birth certificate, as the case may be.
The ministry urged those travelling outside Namibia with minor children to carry their birth certificates, consent letters from the absent parents or a court order. This is a legal requirement in some of the neighbouring countries.