Travelling with children

If a child under 18 is travelling with only one parent, that parent must have permission. Otherwise they may be considered to be removing the child from parental authority and engaging in international child abduction. If you are travelling to the Netherlands, check with the local authorities of your country of departure what the rules are for leaving the country with a minor.

When a child travels with only one parent

In some situations a child under 18 may travel with only one parent: 

  • If you share parental responsibility and are travelling alone with your child. You must have the other parent's consent.
  • If you have sole parental responsibility. In this case you do not need permission, but you will need other documents.
  • If you are the child's parent but you do not have parental responsibility. You will need the consent of the parent who has parental responsibility.
  • If the other parent is no longer alive. 

You can use the consent letter for minors travelling abroad to prove that you have the permission of the person or persons with parental authority. Both parents have to sign the form. You must fill in a separate form for each child. 

You need this form to enter and leave the Netherlands. For the country you are travelling to, you may need other documents or forms. Please check with the local authorities.

Individual advice

If you are not sure whether you need permission, please check the International Child Abduction Center's website to find out what rules apply in your situation.