In its aim to prevent child trafficking and other forms of abuse that may beset a minor while traveling abroad, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) requires that a travel clearance be secured for Filipino minors who are traveling or vacationing abroad without their parents.
Under the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act and the Philippine Passport Act of 1996, DSWD shall issue a travel clearance to a minor who is:
- A minor who is traveling to a foreign country without his/her parents
- An illegitimate child traveling with his/her father
A minor is defined as someone who is less than 18 years of age.
Travel clearance can be obtained by submitting the following requirements at a DSWD regional office nearest you:
- Application form duly accomplished (form downloadable from the DSWD website at http://www.dswd.gov.ph/downloads-2/forms/
- A photocopy of the minor’s birth certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority
- Two (2) passport sized photo of the minor taken within the last six months
- Written consent of both parents/solo parent/legal guardian allowing the minor to travel to a foreign country alone or with a specific companion
The following are also required :
- For minors who are under the care of their parents, a photocopy of their parents’ marriage license issued by the Philippine Statistics Office;
- For minors who are under the care of solo parents:
- a photocopy of the solo parent certification from the Local Social Welfare Development Office; or
- a photocopy of the solo parent identification card issued by the Municipal Social Welfare Development Office.
- For minors who are under the care of legal guardians, a photocopy of the legal guardian certificate of the minor;
- For illegitimate minors, a Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR) from the Philippine Statistics Office. If the minor is traveling accompanied by their biological father, they are still required to get a travel clearance as per Article 176 of the Family Code of the Philippines, parental authority is vested only on the mother of the child.
- For minors with a deceased parent, a photocopy of the dead parent’s death cerficate.
- For minors who are traveling with someone other than his/her parents or legal guardian, a photocopy of the traveling companion’s passport.
All documents shall be assessed by the DSWD social worker and as long as documents are complete and in order and the assessment is completed, the travel clearance can by issued withing 24 hours.