Is it possible to travel with my Home Affairs receipt? Having an application of your temporary residence on “pending” or “in process” at the Department of Home Affairs, you are still allowed to travel in and out of South Africa. This is still valid, even though your visa/permit in your passport has expired. As soon as you have submitted your residence application at the Department of Home Affairs and an official has accepted the application and issued you with an “Acknowledgement of Receipt”, you are allowed to enter and exit the Republic.
Botswana no longer accepts emergency Travel Documents for routine visits The Department of Home Affairs wishes to advise South Africans wishing to travel to Botswana, that the government of Botswana has notified governments that it no longer accept Emergency Travel documents for routine visits to their country. In a diplomatic note to governments including the South African government, the Botswana government said “the Republic of Botswana wishes to communicate a notice from the Immigration Department informing that travellers using emergency travel documents will not be admitted to the Republic of Botswana for routine visits.
Department of Home Affairs informs about Unabridged Birth Certificates The practice of issuing abridged birth certificates will end at 03 March 2013. From 04 March 2013 the Department of Home Affairs will only issue unabridged birth certificates to parents of newborn babies. The amendment bases on the South African Citizenship Amendment Act 2010, which is the peak of the review of Birth and Death Act 1992 and Citizenship Act 1995.