Permission for minor children to travel - Signed before Notary Public and Notarised

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Taking a trip out of the country requires a great deal of planning and preparation, especially when it comes to making sure that you have the appropriate documents for travel. When you add children to the process, it becomes even more complicated. Different scenarios will require various types of documentation.


Necessary Documents for All Children


Children of all ages, including infants, are required to have the same documentation as adults when traveling out of the country. In most cases, this includes a passport and any other paperwork required by the particular country you will be visiting. It is important to find out ahead of time exactly what will be needed so that there are no surprises along the way. .


Letters of Parental or Guardians Consent


More and more children nowadays are traveling with one parent, grandparents, relatives, friends, and even school groups. Because of the growing number of custody disputes, child abduction and child exploitation, Customs and Border Protection strongly recommends carrying a note of permission from one or both parents. In fact, this letter or form is mandatory in many countries. A consent to travel letter should acknowledge that your child has permission to travel out of the country, which they will be traveling with, and must be signed by the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and notarized. Other information may also be necessary. Download Sample Here. Most countries require the letter to be notarised and legalised.


Remember: The permission letter must be signed in the presence of a Notary Public. The Notary will attach an attestation certificate and notarised copies of identification documents, birth certificate, passport or court order. Depending on the destination country these documents will be legalised for use outside the borders of South-Africa.


Louwrens Koen Attorneys have a drafting, attestation, and legalisation service regarding any Permission for a minor child to travel.
This service among other things includes:


Contact us to get the process started.


Download complimentary sample letter here.


Louwrens Koen Attorneys 012 3430267 ext. 4    
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Unsure about the process or necessity to produce permission letters, please do not hesitate to contact with us.




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Louwrens Koen
Notary Public South-Africa
311 Eastwood Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Tel: 078 0010 733

 Also consider: Medical Authorisation Letter


Medical care is a concern for parents when their children travel. If your child is traveling with anyone other than yourself or another legal guardian, it is prudent to sign a medical consent agreement giving permission for the person supervising your child to authorise medical care in case you cannot be contacted in an emergency.


Regarding health insurance, you should not assume that your policy will cover your child no matter where he/she travels. Many medical aids provide medical cover if notified of your travel arrangements before departure. Some medical aids provide no medical cover outside the borders of South-Africa. It is imperative that you find out if your medical aid policy applies. If not, you may want to purchase separate insurance for the trip.