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FAQs on SINGLE PARENT TRAVELLING WITH THEIR MINOR CHILDEN

Parental Travel Consent Form is needed when the child is traveling with anyone
other than the parent or legal guardian or when a child is going on an excursion.

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HERE ARE THE CANADIAN TRANSPORTATION AGENCY for travel with children?

This is a direct quote from the CTA Rules:
"Canadian children who travel outside the country need their own passports. Customs officials are looking for missing children and may ask questions about children travelling with you. Make sure to carry the proper identification for yourself and any children travelling with you, including any documents required by the country you intend to visit and by Canadian authorities upon your return.

    Different rules apply to different family relationships:
  • When a minor child, as defined by the destination country, travels to a foreign country with only one parent, that accompanying parent requires a legal certified consent from the absent parent, as well as a copy of any separation or divorce decree.
  • If the absent parent is deceased, a legal copy of the death certificate should be presented.
  • If only one parent is named on the child's birth certificate, the accompanying parent must provide a legal copy of the child's birth certificate.
  • If the accompanying adult is the child's legal guardian, a copy of the court order granting guardianship must be presented." (end of CTA quote)


In some legal situations a parent may need a consent to travel from another parent such as when the traveling parent does not have sole custody of a child.

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Can I travel with my minor children without their father/mother?

Yes, as long as both yours and the child's travel documentation is all in order. Today this includes a travel consent form which is a sworn statement made before a Commissioner for Oaths or Notary Public or lawyer. The travel consent form must state that the other parent is aware that you are travelling with the minor child and that you have the other parent's permission to take the minor child out of Canada. This is particularly important if, for example, your minor children have a different surname than you.

  • What is a Minor Child Travel Consent?
    A Minor Child Travel Consent is a document that shows authorities and foreign officials that a minor child has permission from parent(s) or guardian(s) to travel.

  • Why do I need one?
    Authorities will require proof that you have the right to travel with a minor child in these situations:
    • Where the minor child is traveling internationally without a parent, alone or with an adult who is not a parent or guardian.
    • Where the minor child is traveling internationally with one parent or guardian
    • Where the minor child is traveling with a school, church, orother organization

  • What ages are minor children considered minors?
    Generally, all persons under the age of 18 are considered minor children. If in doubt, obtain a travel consent for all minor children under 21 years of age. In some countries or provinces, a minor child is not legally recognized as an adult until 21 years old.

    Border officials are especially careful when it comes to the travel documentation of minor children. Consequently, all minors who are not legally recognized as adults (reached age of majority) should be prepared to show they have consent to travel.

  • What documents are needed if a minor child is traveling with one parent and both parents have legal custody?
    A legally notarized travel consent form from the non-traveling parent will be required.

  • What documents are needed if a minor child is traveling with one parent and the other parent has legal custody?
    A notarized travel consent form the non-traveling parent will be required.

  • What documents are needed if a minor 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. Generally a travel consent form would not be required for the custodial parent.
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    • Will this travel consent form suffice if my minor child is traveling overseas to a different country?
      Generally, a notarized travel consent form from the non-travelling parent is all the documentation necessary to demonstrate that your minor child has consent to travel.

      However some foreign countries have specific travel authorization forms for minors. If your minor child is traveling outside North America, you should contact the consulate of the country where your minor child will be traveling to ensure that you have all the necessary documentation.

    • 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.

    • What if my child's last name is different than mine?
      You should be prepared to prove your relationship to the minor child by producing government issued certificates (e.g. certificates of birth, marriage, adoption or change of name).

    • What if the parent's name is different than the child's name?
      If a parentís last name is different from the childís last name, proof of the relationship may be required. It is strongly recommended that the child travel with original (or certified true copies) of marriage certificates, adoption documents, certificates of name change or any other document/certificate proving the parent/child relationship. This is recommended even if the child will be carrying a passport identifying the parent.

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    USE THIS FORM IF YOU ARE:

    • sole custody and are consenting to your child or children traveling alone internationally; or
    • joint custody and are consenting to your children or child traveling alone internationally.
    • sole custody, are traveling domestically with your child or children, and want to advise the appropriate authorities that the absent parent's consent is not required (here, the Legal Guardian Information would be that of the traveling parent); or
    • joint custody, when one guardian is traveling domestically with your child or children, and when the absent parent's consent is necessary (here, the Legal Guardian Information would be that of the absent parent).
    • school or organization seeking a consent form to take children on a domestic trip or outing; or
    • guardian and are consenting to your child going on a domestic trip or outing with a non-guardian.
    • sole custody, are traveling internationally with your child or children, and want to advise the appropriate authorities that the absent parent's consent is not required (here, the Legal Guardian Information would be that of the traveling parent); or
    • joint custody, when one guardian is traveling internationally with your child or children, and when the absent parent's consent is necessary (here, the Legal Guardian Information would be that of the absent parent).
    • organization seeking a consent form to take children on an international trip or outing; or
    • guardian consenting to your child going on a international trip or outing with a non-guardian.
    Adults traveling with minor children are strongly advised to carry a Travel Consent document signed by parents or legal guardians. A travel consent can help you to avoid delays at border crossing or customs


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