Travelling with children

Are you planning to travel abroad with a child (up to 18 years old)? Then please take into account that there may be extra rules and extensive identity checks at the border. Therefore the tip: prepare for your trip.

These border controls are carried out by Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (RNLM) officials, who will ask for a passport or other proof of identity. They will also check lone parents travelling alone with a child into or out of the Schengen area. It may be the case that permission to travel alone with your child is required. The RNLM follows this procedure to combat international child abduction.


In the Authorisation form for travelling abroad with a minor (PDF, 668 KB), the parent with parental authority who is not travelling gives you permission to travel abroad alone with your child.

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