Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Unaccompanied Travel of Children


Children (non-Filipino) children travelling to the Philippines unaccompanied by a parent

Non-Filipino children below 15 years of age who are travelling to the Philippines either not accompanied by a parent or not coming to a parent in the Philippines, can be excluded from (or prevented) entry to the Philippines. However, unaccompanied children may be granted entry with a Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG) from the Bureau of Immigration upon arrival at the Philippines.

Follow this link for the guidelines on applying for a WEG that will allow a foreign minor child to travel to the Philippines unaccompanied by a parent.

Unaccompanied travel of a Filipino minor child out of the Philippines

A minor Filipino child (age below 18 years old) travelling outside of the Philippines not accompanied by a parent is required to have a travel clearance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Follow this link for the guidelines on applying for a DSWD Travel Clearance.

Unaccompanied travel of a Filipino minor child to the Philippines

Filipino minor children (age below 18 years old) travelling to the Philippines from Singapore must have a valid passport. There is no Philippine restriction on a Filipino child entering the Philippines either accompanied by a non-parent or unaccompanied by an adult.

If the child will travel unaccompanied by an adult, the parents are advised to consult the airline policy on the minimum age allowed for a child’s unaccompanied travel.

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