Traveling with children other than your own requires preparation. This guide will help you avoid the hassle of failing to travel because of your failure to secure a DSWD Travel Clearance. Securing one takes less than a day as long as you go to the DSWD office with complete requirements.
What is a travel clearance?
According to the DSWD, a Travel Clearance is a document issued by the Department of Social Welfare and Development below 18 years of age (referred to as minor) traveling abroad unaccompanied by any of the parents or persons having parental authority or legal custody over the child.
Who needs a travel clearance?
- Filipino minor traveling alone.
- Filipino minor traveling with a person other than his or her parent or legal guardian.
- Illegitimate Filipino and traveling with his or her biological father.
- Married Filipino minor.
What are the requirements?
Requirements for minors traveling alone and minors traveling with a companion are the same except that there is an additional requirement with the latter which is number 7 below.
- Duly accomplished application form
- PSA Birth Certificate
- Notarized (notarized at the place of residence) affidavit of the
consentof both parents, the solo parent, or the legal guardian. (Indicating the authorized traveling companion of the minor and his/her relationship to the minor, country of destination, length of stay, the purpose of travel, and tentative dates of departure and arrival.)
- Valid ID and Specimen signature of both parents, the solo parent, or the legal guardian.
- As appropriate:
- PSA Marriage Certificate
- Court Decision on Legal Guardianship
Tallaqor Faskh certification from the Shariah court or any Muslim Barangay or religious leader
- PSA Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR) of the mother
- Death Certificate, if one or both parents are deceased
- Two passport size photos of the minor taken within the last six (6) months with white, red, or blue background
- If traveling with a person other than his or her parent or legal guardian, photocopy of the passport of the traveling companion.
How much is the processing fee?
- Php 300.00 with validity of one (1) year
- Php 600.00 with validity of two (2) years
How long is the validity?
A DSWD travel clearance is valid for a period of one (1) year to two (2) years from the date of issuance and shall be valid for multiple travels within the validity period, provided the conditions under which the travel clearance was issued have not changed. If a change in condition occurs like a change in traveling companion, a new travel clearance must be obtained.
Where to apply?
DSWD-National Capital Region
389 San Rafael Street, corner Legarda St., Sampaloc, Manila
Tel/Fax: (02)313-1435 loc 210,733-0010 to 14/488-3104
DSWD Field Office I
Quezon Avenue, San Fernando, La Union
Tel/Fax: (072) 888-2505/888-2184
DSWD-Field Office II
3 Dana Pagyaya, Regional Government Center Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
DSWD-Field Office III
Government Center, Maimpis, San Fernando, Pampanga
Tel/Fax: (045)861-2413 (telefax)
DSWD Field Office IV-A (CALABARZON)
Alabang-Zapote Road, Muntinlupa City
Tel/Fax: (02) 387-2632 or 850-8380/807-1518
DSWD Field Office IV-B (MIMAROPA)
1680 F.T. Benitez corner Gen. Malvar Sts., Malate, Manila
Tel/Fax: (02) 336-8106 local 401/336-8106 local 103
DSWD Field Office V
Magnolia St. PBN Buraguis, Legaspi City
Tel/Fax: (052) 821-7920 or 480-5346/480-5754
DSWD Field Office VI
M.H. del Pilar Street, Molo, Iloilo City
Tel: (033) 300-0526/ 337-6221
DSWD Field Office VII
MJ Cuenco Avenue corner Gen. Maxilom Ave., Cebu City
Tel/Fax: (032) 233-8779 or through trunkline no. 412-9908
DSWD Field Office VIII
Magsaysay Blvd., Tacloban City
Tel/Fax: (053) 321-3090 or 321-1176/ 321-1007
DSWD Field Office IX
General Vicente Alvarez St., Zamboanga City
Tel/Fax: (062) 991-6030, 991-6056 (trunkline)/993-0652
DSWD Field Office X
Masterson Ave., Upper Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City
Tel/Fax: (088) 858-88-92/858-89-59
DSWD Field Office XI
Suazo St., cor. Magsaysay Ave., Davao City
Tel/Fax: (082) 226-28-57/227-8746
DSWD Field Office XII
9506-Purok Bumanoag, Brgy. Zone 3, Koronadal City
Tel/Fax: (083) 520-0572 or 228-3180/228-8637
DSWD Field Office CARAGA
R. Palma St. Butuan City
Tel/Fax: (085) 346-0113/815-9173
DSWD Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)
40 North Drive, Baguio City
Tel/Fax: (074) 444-3209 or 444-3262/442-7917