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Travelling with children

Travelling with children

Travelling with an unrelated child or a child with a different surname


If you are travelling with a child - that's anyone under 18 - and are not the child's parent, or may appear not to be the parents (for example, if you have a different family name), the border officer may ask you a few questions to establish your relationship with the child.

It may help you next time you travel if you could carry evidence of your relationship with the child and/or the reason why you are travelling with the child.

This evidence could include copies of:

  • a birth or adoption certificate showing your relationship with the child
  • divorce / marriage certificates if you are the parent but have a different surname to the child
  • a letter from the child’s parent/s giving authority for the child to travel with you and providing contact details if you are not the parent.

Please complete our young traveller's form and bring it with you if you're travelling with a child who is not your relative or if you are an unaccompanied minor.

You can also find out more in the Children Travelling to the UK leaflet published on the UKBA website.

Children under 18 are not able to use the e-passport gates.