- Kids can travel alone abroad but they must seek DSWD Travel Clearance first
- There are many requirements needed to secure in order to get a travel clearance
- KAMI listed the guidelines to apply and get a travel clearance
In order for a minor to travel abroad with people who are not their parents, one must secure a travel clearance from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
KAMI learned from The Poor Traveler and the official website of Philippine Embassy the guidelines to apply for a DSWD clearance for minor.
Who are supposed to secure a DSWD travel clearance?
- Minors travelling alone for the first time
- Minors travelling for the first time with someone other than their parents or legal guardian
- Illegitimate children
- As per The Family Code of the Philippines, the mother of the child has the parental authority over the minor.
- If travelling with the mother, travel clearance is no longer required
- If travelling with person aside from the mother, travel clearance is required
- If travelling with the biological father, travel clearance is also required unless Court Order has granted parental authority over the minor
- Minors whose parents have marital conflict
- Orphaned minors
What are the requirements?
Here are the DSWD requirements for kids who will be travelling alone for the first time:
- Accomplished DSWS Travel Clearance application for which you can find here.
- Photocopy of either birth certificate or passport
- Written consent of both parents or solo parent or legal guardian
- Proof of consent (e.g. photocopy of marriage certificate, certificate of legal guardianship, solo parent ID, CENOMAR, or deceased parents’ death certificate)
- Two colored passport size photos taken within the last 6 months
- DSWD may ask for additional requirements depending on the assessment
DSWD requirements for kids travelling with people other than their parents or legal guardian:
- Accomplished DSWD Travel Clearance application form
- Photocopy of the minor’s birth certificate
- Written consent from the parents or legal guardian allowing the child to travel abroad
- As appropriate, photocopy of the minor’s parents’ marriage certificate or solo parent ID or certificate of legal guardianship or certificate of no marriage (CENOMAR) or photocopy of deceased parents’ death certificate
- 2 colored passport photos taken within the last 6 months
- Photocopy of the travelling companion’s passport
DSWD requirements for orphaned minors:
- For special cases like this, maternal and paternal grandparents who exercise parental authority over the child may issue the consent. However, in case both grandparents are deceased, acting legal guardians should seek for certificate of legal guardianship.
You may visit the link here for more information.
How to get DSWD travel clearance?
- Secure all the requirements
- Find and go to the nearest DSWD Field Office. It should cover the permanent address of the minor.
- Submit the requirements. Usually, it just takes one day to get the travel clearance.
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