Traveling with Children

Visas and Passports

Zanzibar Travel Essentials

Visas and Passports



South Africans traveling to Zanzibar do not require any special visas or permits when traveling to Zanzibar.

Visa requirements differ for other nationalities and it’s important that you familiarize yourself with the requirements BEFORE you travel to Zanzibar.


Passport Holders.

Your passport needs to have at least three open pages left in order for you to enter Zanzibar.

Your passports need to be valid for no less than 6 months from your return date in order to enter Zanzibar.

Traveling with Children


In their attempts to curb corruption and human trafficking, the stand out the department of home affairs has enforced new regulations for all children under the age of 18 that will be traveling internationally. This law requires all children to be in possession of a valid unabridged birth certificate valid passport.


 What is an unabridged Birth Certificate?

All children born after 2002 would have automatically been issued with such a certificate at birth. The certificate must and will have the details of both birth parents on the document.


Children traveling with both parents.

Need only a valid passport and unabridged birth certificate


Children traveling with one parent.

Require a valid passport and unabridged birth certificate. Customs officials will also require an affidavit signed by a commissioner of oaths from the absent parent giving consent for the child to travel internationally. Should one of the parents be deceased a certificate of death will also be needed.


Children traveling alone or with adults other than their parents.

Require a valid passport and unabridged birth certificate. Customs will also require an affidavit from, both ascent parents giving permission for travel.