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Exit Clearance Required for Children Traveling From Liberia

The Child Justice Section of the Ministry of Justice is trying to get the word out about the new procedure the Ministry has put in place for children traveling outside of the country with someone other than a biological parent.

The Ministry now has in place something called an Exit Clearance. This clearance has to be obtained from the Ministry of Justice prior to travel or else Immigration will seize the children's passports on the airport.

Studies have shown that most children leaving Liberia travel with a step/ adoptive parent, extended family member, or unaccompanied, and all three of these examples need an exit clearance. It has become a problem, because though all embassies, consulates, and airlines, in Liberia, are well aware of the change, most often tickets are purchased online or outside of the country and many parents do not learn of the protocol until check-in. This leads to delayed travel and unnecessary, additional costs.

As this is vacation season, The Ministry of Justice wants for everyone to be well informed.

EXIT CLEARANCE PROCEDURE:

IF YOU ARE TRAVELING WITH A MINOR CHILD WHO IS NOT YOUR BIOLOGICAL CHILD AND NOT A CHILD YOU HAVE ADOPTED THROUGH THE PROBATE COURT, YOU WILL NEED TWO (2) COPIES OF THE FOLLOWING:

· BIRTH CERTIFICATE OF THE CHILD
· NOTARIZED LETTER FROM THE BIOLOGICAL PARENT(S) AUTHORIZING YOU TO TRAVEL WITH THE CHILD
· NATIONAL PHOTO I.D. FOR BOTH BIOLOGICAL PARENT(S)
· PASSPORT AND VISA OF THE CHILD
· 3 PASSPORT-SIZE PICTURES OF THE CHILD
· YOUR PASSPORT AND VISA
· 3 PASSPORT-SIZE PICTURES OF YOU

For further inquiries, contact the Section at +231 770-162404.

Child Justice Section

Ministry of Justice
9th Street, Sinkor Apt. 3
Monrovia, Liberia
+231 (0) 770 162 404