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Use this child travel consent form to formally convey your consent for your child to travel without you, internationally or within the UK.

If you live in the UK and you wish to take a child abroad, you need permission from those with ‘parental responsibility’. A child travel consent form provides this permission and sets out other details relating to the travel. 

A child consent form can also be useful: 

  • for travel within the UK, if you’re concerned that somebody (eg authorities) may question whether you are allowed to be travelling with the child

  • if the child is travelling alone, to confirm that everyone with parental responsibility has agreed to the child travelling

Use this parental consent form if your child is travelling domestically or internationally:

  • alone 

  • with one parent/legal guardian

  • with a group or organisation (eg on a school trip) 

  • with an adult that is not a parent/legal guardian (eg an aunt or family friend)

Signing

This child travel consent form must be signed. It must be printed and physically signed, as signing online may be inadequate for some authorities (eg border authorities) that you could encounter while travelling. 

Witnessing

A child travel consent form should be witnessed. A witness should generally witness each parent’s (or guardian’s) signature. A witness can usually be any third-party who has no interest in the letter (ie not another family member). 

This reassures authorities as to the document’s authenticity, which can be important especially if the child is travelling internationally.  

Additional requirements

Depending on where you are travelling (eg if you’re travelling internationally), there may sometimes be additional requirements. For example: 

  • a child travel consent form may also need to be notarised

  • sometimes a lawyer or other professional may need to witness the signatures

Rocket Lawyer does not provide witnessing or notarising services. These services will need to be done by a local solicitor or notary.

If you’re unsure about any additional requirements for your destination, you should check with your airline or travel agent or find information online. The embassy or consulate of your destination country may provide this information.

This child travel consent form covers:

  • the parent(s)/legal guardian(s) name(s)

  • the child’s or children’s name(s)

  • details of the adult (and, where applicable, organisation) accompanying the child 

  • the child’s medical information 

  • the parent’s (or parents’) emergency contact details

Parental responsibility means the parents duties towards their child. Parental responsibility encompasses all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority a parent has in relation to their child and the child’s property. For more information, read Parental responsibility.

Mothers automatically have parental responsibility for their child. 

In England and Wales, fathers automatically have parental responsibility if they were married to the child’s mother at the date of the birth. In Scotland, fathers automatically have parental responsibility if they were married to the child’s mother at the date of conception or if they married the child’s mother after the date of conception.

A father who is not married to the child’s mother can acquire parental responsibility by, for example:

  • marrying the mother after the birth (in England and Wales)

  • jointly registering the child’s birth with the birth mother (in England and Wales)

  • being named on the child’s birth certificate

Same-sex partners will usually have automatic parental responsibility over their partner’s child if they were: 

  • married to or in a civil partnership with the child’s mother at the time of birth (in England and Wales)

  • married to or in a civil partnership with the child’s parent at the time they had the egg donation, embryo transfer, donor insemination or other treatment which produced the child 

Alternatively, same-sex partners can usually obtain parental responsibility by getting married or entering a civil partnership with the child’s parent then making a parental responsibility agreement or jointly registering the child’s birth, or by applying for parental responsibility.

Parental responsibility can also either be agreed upon and confirmed in a written parental responsibility agreement with the child’s mother. This  agreement usually needs to be signed and witnessed by the courts. Agreements can be with, for example, an unmarried father, an unmarried same-sex partner, or a step-parent. Alternatively, if agreement cannot be met, you can apply to the court for a court order declaring parental responsibility.

If both parents have died, the guardian of the child will usually have parental responsibility.

For more information, read Parental responsibility.

When your child is travelling abroad, the adult travelling with them (eg a parent or another, unrelated adult chaperone) may be asked to provide proof that they have permission to take the child abroad. Travelling without the proper permissions can amount to child abduction.

If your child is travelling alone, they may be asked to show proof that they have been given permission to travel abroad by themselves. 

While a travel consent form may not always be necessary when travelling domestically (ie within the UK), permission from those with parental responsibility may be required if the child is going on school trips, solo trips, or travelling with a chaperone who does not have parental responsibility. 

For more information, read Travelling with a child.

Border control authorities or airlines may require additional information. For example, it may be necessary to show:

  • evidence of the travelling adult’s relationship with the child (eg the child’s birth certificate or adoption certificate)

  • a marriage or divorce certificate if you are a single parent but your surname is different from the child’s surname

Be aware that the country the child is travelling to may have additional requirements. You can usually obtain this information from the relevant embassy or consulate.

For more information, read Travelling with a child.

In the UK, people under the age of 18 are considered children. 

Border officials at the airport are vigilant when it comes to children travelling alone. Having a child travel consent form ensures that consent from the parent/legal guardian can be shown.

Be aware that the country the child is travelling to may have different age limits for when a person is considered a child. You can usually obtain this information from the relevant embassy or consulate.

It is recommended that parents provide information regarding any medical needs and/or allergies of the child travelling, to make the travelling parties aware of the child’s health needs. Providing this information does not, however, generally amount to the parents consenting to medicine being administered to the child. Instead, a medical consent form is typically required for parents to consent to someone administering medication to their child. Ask a lawyer for more information.

For more information, read Travelling with a child.

Ask a lawyer if you:

  • have questions about how to fill out the child travel consent form

  • are unsure if you have parental responsibility

  • want help creating a medical consent form for your child

Other names for Child travel consent form

Child travel letter, Travel consent letter, Parental travel consent form, Permission to travel form, Child travel form.

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