Child Travel Abroad Consent Letters
Child travel Consent notarizaton:
for the first document and
for each additional notarization of a child Travel Consent. Normally, one document is enough.
The information contained in this page is a mirror of the Government of Canada travel advisory on children's Travel Consent letter. It is accurate as of July 3, 2015. The various links highlighted are very useful, and include fillable forms.
The page begins:
We strongly recommend that Canadian children carry a consent letter if they are travelling abroad alone, with only one parent/guardian, with friends or relatives or with a group. For the purposes of this consent letter, a Canadian child is defined as anyone who is under the age of majority (18 or 19, depending on the province or territory of residence).
A consent letter is not a legal requirement in Canada, but it can simplify travel for Canadian children, as it may be requested by immigration authorities when entering or leaving a foreign country or by Canadian officials when re-entering Canada. The letter demonstrates that Canadian children have permission to travel abroad from parents or guardians who are not accompanying them.
We recommend that you talk to a lawyer about the legal issues that apply to you and your children’s unique situation, particularly if your parenting arrangement has special terms governing international travel. Carrying a consent letter does not guarantee that children will be allowed to enter or leave a country, as every country has its own entry and exit requirements.
For additional information about entry and exit requirements for Canadian children travelling alone, with only one parent or with another accompanying person, see our Country travel advice and advisories or contact the nearest embassy or consulate of the destination country.
We recommend that the letter be signed by every non-accompanying person or organization with the legal right to make major decisions for the child, including anyone with:
- custody rights,
- guardianship rights, or
- parental authority (in Quebec only)
We also recommend that the letter be signed by any non-accompanying parent who has access to the child.
Consult justice.gc.ca if you have questions about parenting terminology.
Before writing a consent letter, read the instructions on this page and the Consent Letter FAQ
We encourage you to use our interactive form to write a consent letter that fits your specific situation. You can save information entered in this form. However, this data is not collected or stored by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. Click on the following link to create a personalized consent letter:
- Interactive form (fillable .pdf)
If the interactive form does not open in your PDF viewer, right click on the link, then on “Save link as...” or "Save target as..." to download a copy. The form may not open in Google Chrome.
A sample consent letter is also available in the following formats, which you can customize to meet your needs:
The signing of a consent letter may be witnessed by anyone who has attained the age of majority (18 or 19, depending on the province or territory of residence). However, we strongly recommend that you have the letter certified by an official who has the authority to administer an oath or solemn declaration (e.g. a commissioner of oaths, notary public or lawyer), so that border officials will be less likely to question its authenticity.
We also recommend that you contact the airline, bus, train or other transport company you will be using to check its policies and regulations for child travellers.