Bots sets new travel reg­u­la­tions for mi­nors

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Than­deka Moyo

ALL mi­nors aged 18 years and be­low en­ter­ing Botswana will now be re­quired to pro­duce their birth cer­tifi­cates and pass­ports to be al­lowed en­try in a bid to curb hu­man traf­fick­ing.

In a state­ment, Botswana’s Min­istry of Na­tion­al­ity, Im­mi­gra­tion and Gen­der Af­fairs said the move was also aimed at mon­i­tor­ing move­ment of chil­dren across the coun­try’s bor­ders.

“The Botswana gov­ern­ment has tight­ened travel reg­u­la­tions with a new re­quire­ment for cer­ti­fied copies of unabridged birth cer­tifi­cates for all mi­nors un­der the age of 18 trav­el­ling through its ports of en­try.

“Mi­nors will now be re­quired to pro­duce birth cer­tifi­cates in ad­di­tion to the stan­dard re­quire­ment of a valid pass­port at all ports of en­try and exit,” reads the state­ment.

The Min­istry said in the event that one par­ent is not trav­el­ling with the child, the other par­ent’s af­fi­davit con­sent­ing to the travel should be pro­duced.

“How­ever, an af­fi­davit will not be re­quired if the fa­ther’s name does not ap­pear on the child’s birth cer­tifi­cate,” it added.

“Botswana, like other coun­tries is af­fected by this (hu­man traf­fick­ing) prob­lem, and as such, has en­acted (leg­is­la­tion to im­ple­ment) the United Na­tions Anti-Hu­man Traf­fick­ing Pro­to­col, which calls upon gov­ern­ments to come up with deliberate mea­sures aimed at com­bat­ing hu­man traf­fick­ing.”— @thamamoe.

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