Travel Clearance for Minors Traveling Abroad

I.   SCHEDULE OF AVAILABILITY OF SERVICE

Monday – Friday,  8:00 a.m. – 5:00p.m. (NO NOON BREAK)

II.  MINOR/S REQUIRED TO SECURE TRAVEL CLEARANCE

  1. Filipino minor as defined in the guideline who is traveling alone using the Philippine passport only for their travel outside the Philippines.
  2. Filipino minor traveling with prospective adoptive parent/s for purpose of intercountry adoption
  3. Filipino minor traveling with a person other than his/her parent/s, legal guardian or person exercising parental authority/legal custody over him/her.
  4. Filipino minor who is illegitimate and is traveling with his/her biological father.
  5. For married minors, the same requirement applies to that of unmarried minors traveling abroad.

 

III. WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS

For a minor/s travelling ALONE to a foreign country for the first time

  • Duly accomplished Application Form;
  • Assessment Report from the Local Social Welfare and Development Office (LSWDO) or SWO II of the Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Team when necessary;
  • Birth Certificate on security paper (SECPA) from PSA;
  • A photocopy of the marriage certificate on security paper (SECPA) of the minor’s parents or the Court Decision on Legal Guardianship of the minor, or Tallaq or Fasakh certification from the Shariah Court or any Muslim barangay or religious leader;
  • In the case of illegitimate minor, a certificate of no marriage (CENOMAR) of the minor’s mother from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Security Paper (SECPA);
  • Notarized (notarized at the place of residence) affidavit or written consent of both parents, the solo parent and the legal guardian, whichever is applicable, permitting the minor to travel to a foreign country. In the absence of both parents or an appointed legal guardian, the relative’s consent in the order of preference provided under Article 216 of the Family Code of the Philippines (Executive Order No. 209 as amended) shall prevail and in which case, an Assessment Report by the Social Worker of the LSWDO should also be submitted with a copy of the parent/s/legal guardian’s valid identification card with specimen signature, and visa of parents if working abroad (for legitimate children, both grandparents who have the custody of the minor. For illegitimate or non-marital child, consent of maternal grandparents)
  • Two (2) original colored passport size photos (white, red or blue background) of the minor taken within the last six (6) from the time of application. No scanned picture is allowed.
  • Photocopy of the passport of the minor (if applicable)
  • Affidavit of Support and certified copy of any evidence to show financial capability of sponsor (parents/legal guardian or other person/agency shouldering the expenses) such as: a. Certificate of Employment b. Latest Income Tax Return c. Bank Statement, etc.
  • In case either or both parents of the minor are deceased, certified true copy of the Death Certificate/s of each of the parents on security paper (SECPA)
  • Unaccompanied Minor Certificate from the Airlines
  • Waiver from the parents releasing DSWD from any liability/responsibility in case of untoward incident during the travel of the child.

For a SUCCEEDING TRAVEL OF UNACCOMPANIED OR TRAVELING ALONE MINOR to a foreign country

  • Duly accomplished Application Form
  • Notarized affidavit or written consent of both parents, the solo parent and the legal guardian, whichever is applicable, with a copy of the valid identification card with specimen signature
  • Original copy of the previous Travel Clearance Certificate issued (BLUE CARD)
  • Two (2) original colored passport size photos (white, red or blue background) of the minor taken within the last six (6) from the time of application. No scanned picture will be accepted.
  • Unaccompanied Minor Certificate from the Airlines
  • Waiver from the parents releasing DSWD from any liability/responsibility in case of untoward incident during the travel of the child.

Minor/s traveling for the 1ST TIME WITH A PERSON other than the parents or legal

  • Duly accomplished Application Form
  • Photocopy of birth certificate of minor (SECPA)
  • Notarized affidavit of written consent of both parents or solo parent or legal guardian, attached with valid identification card with specimen signature
  • Photocopy of marriage certificate (SECPA) of the minor’s parents or a certificate of the legal guardianship, in the case of a solo parent, a solo parent identification card from the LSWDO or a certification of being a solo parent (assessment report of the LSWDO as attachment), a court decree of separation, annulment or divorce, in case of illegitimate minor, a certificate of no marriage (CENOMAR) of the mother from the PSA, if applicable; in case of deceased parent, a photocopy of the death certificate
  • Two (2) original colored passport size photos (white, red or blue background) of the minor taken within the last six (6) from the time of application. No scanned picture will be accepted.
  • Photocopy of the passport of the traveling companion.
  • Photocopy of the passport of the minor (if applicable)
  • Affidavit of Support and certified copy of any evidence to show financial capability of sponsor (parents/legal guardian or other person/agency shouldering the expenses) such as a. Certificate of Employment b. Latest Income Tax Return c. Bank Statement, etc.

Minor/s traveling SUBSEQUENTLY WITH A PERSON other than the parents or legal

  • Duly accomplished Application Form
  • Original copy of the Travel Clearance Certificate previously issued by the DSWD Field Office (BLUE CARD)
  • Notarized affidavit of consent from biological parent/s/legal guardian authorizing a particular person to accompany the child in his/her travel abroad, with a copy of the valid identification card with specimen signature
  • Two (2) original colored passport size photos (white, red or blue background) of the minor taken within the last six (6) from the time of application. No scanned picture will be accepted.
  • Photocopy of the passport of the traveling companion.

 

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR/S UNDER SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES:

For Filipino minor migrating to another country

  • Visa petition approval

For a minor who will study abroad

  • Acceptance or certificate of Enrollment or registration from the school where minor is to be enrolled

For a minor who will attend conference, study tours, competition, Student Exchange Program, Summer Camp, Pilgrimage, World Youth Day and Other related activities:

  • Certification from sponsoring organization
  • Affidavit of undertaking of companion indicating the safety measures undertaken by the sports agency (for sports competition)
  • Signed invitation from the Sponsoring agency/organization abroad with itinerary of travel and list participants and duration of the activity/travel

For minor going abroad for medical purposes

  • Medical abstract of the minor
  • Recommendation from the attending physician that such medical procedure is not available in the country, letter from sponsor

For a minor going abroad for inter-country adoption

  • Placement Authority issued by the Inter-country Adoption Board (ICAB)
  • Authority to Escort issued by the Inter-country Adoption Board (ICAB)

For a minor under Foster Care

  • Notarized Affidavit of Undertaking by the Foster Parents indicating purpose of travel, destination, duration of travel and a provision stating the commitment of the Foster Parent on the personal appearance of child and foster parents to the Regional Director or his/her duly authorized representative, within 5 days upon return to the country
  • Affidavit of Consent from the Regional Director or authorized representative
  • Photocopy of Foster Placement Authority; (original copy to be attached for verification)
  • Photocopy of Foster Care License of the family; (original copy to be attached for verification)
  • DSWD Certification of Child Legally Available for Adoption (CDCLAA), EXCEPT those under Kinship Care wherein their parents did not relinquish the minor for adoption.
  • Return ticket/s

For a minor under legal guardianship

  • Certified true copy of Court Order on Legal Guardianship

For minor/s whose parent/s are seafarers

  • A certification from the manning agency attesting to the parent’s employment
  • Photocopy of the Seaman’s Book

For abandoned minor with alleged missing parent, if parents are married, the following shall be the requirements:

  • Social Case Study Report executed by a licensed Social Worker of the Local Government Unit
  • Blotter report from either the local police or barangay certification from the locality or the last known address of the alleged missing; and
  • One (1) returned registered mail to the last known address of the alleged missing parent/s or known relative/s.

 

IV. PROCESSING FEE

Php 300.00 for Travel Clearance with validity of one (1) year

Php 600.00 for Travel Clearance with validity of two (2) years

V. HOW TO AVAIL OF THE SERVICE:

Steps Person-in-charge Location
1. Register your name in the logbook and proceed to MTA section- Protective Services Unit (PSU) Security Guard on duty Guard House, DSWD Field Office – X
2. Get a number from the designated Clerk Clerk Travel Clearance Unit, DSWD FO-X
3. Fill-up application form and wait for your number to be called Client Travel Clearance Unit, DSWD FO-X
4. Submit requirements to Social Worker for initial screening for completeness of and authenticity of documents (5-15 mins) Social Worker Travel Clearance Unit, DSWD FO-X
5. Interview/Assessment by Social Worker to determine purpose of travel and vulnerability/risk to child investigation (15-30 mins) Social Worker Travel Clearance Unit, DSWD FO-X
6. Approval and Issuance of Travel Clearance Certificate (1-2 hours) Regional Director / OIC /

Division Chief-PSU

Travel Clearance Unit, DSWD FO-X
7. Payment of processing fee for travel clearance

issued

Cashier Cash Unit, DSWD FO-X
  • Php 300.00 for Travel Clearance with validity of one (1) year
  • Php 600.00 for Travel Clearance with validity of two (2) years
  • Processing time may vary depending on the availability of signatories
  • Travel clearance application can be obtained / processed within the day
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