Flying with kids

Travelling with the family is a great way to create memories together, but it also requires some extra preparation and attention. On this page, we share tips to make your travel with children as smooth and stress-free as possible.

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Flying with children can be quite a challenge. After all, it's not easy for young children to sit still for hours in a cramped plane seat. Yet there are tricks to keep little ones occupied on the flight!

  • Get them excited about flying; Tell the children about the wonders of flying beforehand. Flying with enthusiastic children saves half the time.

  • Prepare plenty of activities; Reading a favourite story, colouring or stickers are good activities to do with your children during the flight.

  • Bring small gifts; Pack some small gifts in advance and use them as rewards when the children have behaved well.

  • Make up a sticker game; It doesn't always have to be complicated: many children can spend hours playing with stickers. Take a booklet or a sheet of stickers and give them something they can stick it on. How about an empty water bottle they can decorate?

Travelling with children requires careful planning, especially when it comes to carrying the right documents. These can range from passports and visas to special consent forms if you are travelling alone or with one parent. It is essential to be aware of the specific requirements for the countries you are visiting or travelling through.

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Travel documents for children

Are you planning to travel abroad with a child (up to 18 years old), please take into account that there may be extra identity checks at the border. During such a check, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (RNLM) will ask for a passport or another proof of identity. Because passports or other identity documents do not prove that one has custody of a child, further questions may be put to the parent(s) or guardian(s) and the child.

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Permission to travel

The most important question that the RNLM will ask is whether permission has been given for the child to travel by the parent(s) with child custody remaining at home. In order to demonstrate that permission to travel has been given, the RNLM advises you to fill out the form Permission to Travel.

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