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PIA Press Release
2007/04/26

DSWD advises travelers with minors to bring complete documents for travel clearance

Quezon City (26 April) -- Due to the deluge of applications for travel clearance for minors traveling abroad this summer, applicants should submit complete documents to ensure timely release of their travel clearances, Social Welfare and Development officer-in-charge Luwalhati Pablo said.

ďA travel clearance may be obtained within three (3) working days from the DSWD field office where the application was submitted provided all requirements have been fulfilled,Ē OIC Pablo added.

A travel clearance is a document issued by the DSWD to a minor who is below 18 years of age travelling abroad alone or with someone other than his parents. The travel clearance is issued as a measure to prevent child trafficking.

Requirements for application of travel clearance are: duly accomplished application form; photocopy of the birth certificate or passport of the minor; a written consent of both parents, the solo parent, or the legal guardian permitting the minor to travel alone to a foreign country; photocopy of the marriage certificate of the minorís parents, or certificates establishing solo parenthood; two colored passport size photos of the minors taken within the last six (6) months.

For subsequent travels, the requirements are duly-accomplished application form, written consent of both parents, the solo parent, or the legal guardian permitting the minor to travel alone to a foreign country, a photocopy of the previous travel clearance; and two colored passport size photos.

The travel clearance shall be valid for multiple travels within the one year validity period, provided that the conditions under which the travel clearance was issued have not changed. If a change in condition occurs, like change of travelling companion, a new travel clearance must be obtained.

Those who do not need a travel clearance are: 1. A minor travelling abroad whose parents are in foreign service or are living abroad provided, the child is holding a valid pass such as a dependentís visa, permanent resident visa or card which can prove that the child is living with parents abroad; and 2. A minor travelling abroad with either parent or with his or her solo parent or legal guardian.

Parents, legal guardians or a duly authorized representative may file the application at any DSWD field office. Application forms maybe obtained from any DSWD field office or downloaded from the DSWD website (www.dswd.gov.ph). The DSWD collects a P300.00 processing fee. (DSWD) [top]

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