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South Africa holiday busted after child was barred from Emirates moody due to child trafficking laws

January 2nd, 2016 by admin | Filed under Blog.
  • Brookes family was drifting from Manchester to Durban on Christmas Eve
  • Joshua, 12, was incited divided since he was blank a transport document
  • New laws need child visitors to have a full uncondensed birth certificate
  • Joshua and his silent had to fly out 6 days into a two-week break

Chris Kitching for MailOnline



A British family’s Christmas getaway was busted when their 12-year-old son was barred from boarding a moody to South Africa due to despotic laws directed during interlude child trafficking.

It was ostensible to be a dream holiday for Joshua Brookes, though he was incited divided by Emirates staff during Manchester Airport on Christmas Eve since his silent wasn’t carrying a prolonged chronicle of his birth certificate.

The box highlights a concerns of South African tourism officials, who pronounced new laws that need child passengers to transport with some-more paperwork would make it even harder for families to revisit a country.

Joshua Brookes, 12, (with silent Charlotte) was incited divided since he did not have his full birth certificate

Joshua Brookes, 12, (with silent Charlotte) was incited divided since he did not have his full birth certificate

Joshua, from New Mills, Derbyshire, was travelling to South Africa with his mum, dual sisters and grandfather for a once-in-a-lifetime shelter that cost £975 per ticket.

But he was told he would not be authorised on house when he arrived during a airfield with his passport, a minute from his father giving accede to travel, and a brief chronicle of his birth certificate.

Laws that went into outcome final Jun need children travelling in and out of a nation to lift a full birth certificate, in further to a passport.

Joshua’s mum, Charlotte, 43, said: ‘When we got to a opposite they pronounced we couldn’t fly since for South Africa a minute from his father indispensable to be sealed by a barrister and we indispensable a full-length birth certificate.

‘Joshua fell to a building he was so dissapoint and we was in shock, everybody was crying, it was like a nightmare.’

Emirates staff still refused to concede a child to house a moody to Durban after his father gathering to a airfield and gave his accede in person, as a family still did not have a full-length birth certificate.

Joshua (pictured with his sister Demi, silent Charlotte and grandfather Keith) arrived 6 days late

Joshua (pictured with his sister Demi, silent Charlotte and grandfather Keith) arrived 6 days late

Joshua and his mom were forced to stay behind while his grandfather, Keith, 66, and his dual sisters, Amy, 25, and Demi, 22, flew out as scheduled.

By a time Joshua and his silent assimilated them 6 days into a two-week holiday, they had missed a safari, fishing outing and a day during a South Africa-England cricket exam match.

Charlotte claims she called a airline a night before they were ostensible to transport and was told she had sufficient documentation.

An Emirates orator told MailOnline: ‘We are really contemptible to hear a Brookes’ family had their moody disrupted.

‘We have investigated a occurrence and a annals prove that a hit centre supposing Mrs Brookes with a scold information.

‘We make any bid to safeguard a information we share with a business is correct, however it is a passenger’s shortcoming to safeguard they have a scold papers that are adult to date according to a authorised mandate of a nation they are travelling to.’

Emirates offering to switch a Brookes’ flights for a fee, though they had to rebook by their transport representative DialAFlight.

Subsequent flights had sole out and they rebooked with KLM for around £1,100 each.

Charlotte said: ‘It meant Christmas was not what we had designed during all and we were all separated. It’s really confusing.’

She claims she found opposing recommendation on a internet.

She added: ‘The Emirates table man pronounced this happens all a time, he was used to it.’

Charlotte wants to advise other families to make certain they check really delicately before flying.

She added: ‘South Africa is a usually nation in a universe with such despotic rules. In a approach we’ve been stung since we transport a lot and insincere it wouldn’t be an issue. But it’s peerless to check.’

MailOnline has contacted DialAFlight for comment. 

When a immigration laws were initial announced, a Tourism Business Council of South Africa warned they would bushel transport to South Africa and poise a hazard to a tourism industry.


Last June, South Africa implemented new manners that need holidaymakers who are travelling with children underneath 18 to furnish their full uncondensed birth certificate.

The law relates to those whose final end is in South Africa and those who will pass by immigration while transiting by a South African Airport, a Foreign Commonwealth Office said.

The laws and mandate for relatives or guardians travelling with children are clearly explained on a FCO’s website, that has transport recommendation for those visiting South Africa.

The website pronounced a full uncondensed birth certificate should list a child’s sum and both parents’ details.

It pronounced a abridged (or short) birth certificate that usually lists a child’s sum won’t be accepted.

The South African Department of Home Affairs have reliable that no ancillary papers will be compulsory by people in approach movement by a South African International Airport, a FCO said.

Additional manners request if a child is travelling with one parent, conjunction biological primogenitor or alone.

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