Children do not always have the same last name as their parents. When traveling, this can sometimes lead to problems at passport controls. Especially if the parent is traveling alone with one or more children.

Since 26 June 2012, children of all ages need their own passport when they travel abroad. Children can no longer be included in the passport of the parents.

If a child is traveling with someone other than their parents, such as for example with a family member, then some countries (including Curaçao) require a statement that the parents consent to the trip consent letter parent.

The Koninklijke Marechaussee (Royal Netherlands Military Constabulary) who carries out the passport controls at the border, therefore advises to bring the following documents:

  • Consent letter of the other parent.
  • Recent extract Custody Registry.
  • Recent extract Personal Records Databank (BRP) of the child.
  • Copy of passport of parent giving consent.
  • If present, decision of the court with regard to custody and parental access.
  • If present, parental plan.
  • If present, birth certificate.

These documents will assist the marechaussee to quickly proceed with the individual check.

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