If you’re thinking about a trip back home or just going on an adventure out of The Netherlands with your child who is under 18 – if you’re not with your partner – you must have their permission before you travel.
If not, it may be considered to be removing the child from parental authority and engaging in international child abduction. This all sounds really serious but because of a few high profile cases, it is now recommended to carry the documentation below with you when you travel to prevent any unnecessary delays to your journey.
When a child travels with only one parent
In some situations, a child under 18 may travel with only one parent:
· If you share parental responsibility and are travelling alone with your child. You must have the other parent's consent.
· If you have sole parental responsibility. In this case you do not need permission, but you will need other documents.
· If you are the child's parent but you do not have parental responsibility. You will need the consent of the parent who has parental responsibility.
· If the other parent is no longer alive.
Use the form below to prove that you have the permission of the person or persons with parental authority. Both parents have to sign the form. You must fill in a separate form for each child. www.government.nl/documents/forms/2016/06/17/consent-letter-for-minors-travelling-abroad
If you need more info: kinderontvoering.org.
Information taken from: www.netherlandsworldwide.nl/travel/travelling-with-children