Taking your children abroad – what you need to know

If you are wanting to take your children abroad but are separated from their other parent then you may need to get permission to do so. Over the last few years stricter rules and checks have been put in place to protect children and to avoid them being removed from the country without the proper consent. Anyone with responsibility must give consent to take the children aboard even if it is just for a week’s holiday unless there is a court order in place that overrides this.

Often all you need is a letter from the other person or people that have parental consent, giving authority for the trip. This letter needs to be specific to that trip and have details of the trip along with their contact details on. You may also need to take proof of your relationship to the child such as birth or adoption certificates with you to show at the airport.

When booking a holiday it is important to ensure that you have this in place or if not, that you know the process you need to go through with the courts to obtain permission to take the children out of the country.

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