Child Travel Consent Form FAQ - United Kingdom

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A child travel consent is a document that shows authorities and foreign officials that a child has permission from parent(s) or guardian(s) to travel. The document may be requested by authorities in the following situations:

  • where a child is traveling with a school, church, and other organization;
  • where a child is traveling internationally with one parent or guardian; or
  • where a child is traveling internationally without a parent, alone or with an adult who is not a parent or guardian.

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How old is a "minor"?

Generally, all persons under the age of 18 are considered minor children. However, in some states a person is not legally recognized as an adult until 21 years old. Border officials are vigilant when it comes to the documentation of children. Consequently, all persons who are not legally recognized as adults should be prepared to show they have consent to travel.

What documents are needed if a child is traveling with one parent and both parents have legal custody?

A notarized consent from the non-traveling parent will be required.

What documents are needed if a child is traveling with one parent and the other parent has legal custody?

A notarized consent from the non-traveling parent will be required.

What documents are needed if a child is traveling with a parent who has sole legal custody?

The parent should have a notarized true copy of a court order or equivalent proving custody.

What documents are needed if the other parent on the child’s birth certificate is deceased?

You should carry the original (or a notarized true copy) of the death certificate.

Do I need to get the other parent’s consent if I have sole custody?

If the other parent has legal rights of access (e.g. visitation rights) it is advisable to obtain his or her consent. If it is not possible to obtain consent, or if the other parent has no legal rights, you should carry a notarized true copy of a court order or equivalent to prove that you have sole custody.

What if my child’s last name is different than mine?

You should be prepared to prove your relationship to the child by producing government issued certificates (e.g. certificates of birth, marriage, adoption or change of name).

Will this travel consent suffice if my child is traveling overseas to a different country?

Generally, a notarized travel consent from the non-consenting parent is all the documentation necessary to demonstrate that your child has consent to travel. However some foreign countries (for example, Brazil) have specific travel authorization forms for minors. If your child is traveling outside North America, you may wish to contact the consulate of the country where your child will be traveling to ensure that you have all the necessary documentation.


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