Waiver of South African Medical Insurance for an Accompanying Minor - May 2015

In addition to general requirements for a Study visa, Regulation 12(1) (f) and 12(1)(g) of the Immigration Act, 2002, (Act No. 13 of 2002) requires that an application for a Study visa be accompanied by the following:

I.             proof of medical cover renewed annually for the period of study with a medical scheme
registered in terms of the Medical Schemes Act; 1998 (Act No. 131 of 1998);

  1. an undertaking by the parents or legal guardian that the learner will have medical cover for the full duration of the period of study;

All Immigration Officers are hereby advised that the Director-General has waived the requirement for a South African Medical Scheme registered with the Medical Schemes Act of South Africa where  the learner is under the age of 18 years and is in South Africa accompanying a parent or both parents who are holders of a visa issued in terms of section 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20 or 22.


This waiver is on condition that:

  1. That such a learner provides proof of membership as a dependent or beneficiary on the Medical Scheme of the parent or legal guardian mentioned above.
  2. That the parent or guardian who is a holder of a visa still be required to submit an “undertaking by the parents or legal guardian that the learner will have medical cover for the full duration of the period of study”, as per Regulation 12(1)(g).
  3. That this provision be only applied to applicants for studies at a learning institution, which is a school contemplated in section 1 of the South African Schools Act, 1996 (Act No. 84 of 1996).

This provision is in line with the preamble of the immigration Act, which stipulates that “visas and permanent residence permits should be issued as expeditiously as possible and on the basis of simplified procedures and objective, predictable and reasonable requirements and criteria, and without consuming excessive administrative capacity”.

Where a parent of legal guardian of the learner already has the learner registered as a dependent on the parent or legal guardian’s medical scheme, and proof thereof is available, there is no need for the learner to have a separate Medical Aid from that of the parent.

Proof of membership in the form of Medical Certificate and confirmation from the Medical Aid or Health Insurance bearing both the parent and the dependent shall be sufficient for the purpose of Regulation 12(1)(f).

This provision is not applicable to learners at Institutions of Higher Learning.