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Permission to Take Minor Children out of the country


We recommend a letter similar to this for those grandparents, or solo parents, traveling with minor children. See our page regarding permission requirements for details.

This is not a legal document, so check with your airline, cruise line or attorney for actual requirements since this may need some changes. You may not be allowed to board without it!

Don’t try to do this “on the cheap”. Saving a few dollars on a passport or other documentation is not worth the risk of having your entire vacation cancelled. Most airlines and cruise lines will require the proper documentation for minor children traveling with those of a different last name.

Sample Parental Permission Letter to take children out of the country

Consent for Minor Children to Travel


I (we):______________________________________________________________

authorize my/our minor child(ren): ___________________________________________

to travel to:_________________________________ on:_________________________

aboard (Airline/Flight Number):________________________________________

and/or (Cruise Ship):_____________________________________________ with:

Their expected date of return is _______________________.

In addition, I (we) authorize:______________________________________ to consent to any necessary routine or emergency medical treatment during the aforementioned trip.

Signed:_________________________________ (Parent)

Signed:_________________________________ (Parent)




Sworn to and signed before me, a Notary Public,

this _______ day of _______________, 20____

Notary Public Signature and Seal