Crossing the border with children: updated rules 2023
Traveling abroad with children remains relevant today. Learn more about the rules of border crossing and whether a child of 16 can travel abroad without parents
Martial law changes the rules for children traveling abroad. The main thing to keep in mind is that minor children can cross the border with one parent without the notarized consent of the other. This change has become a lifesaver for mothers who fled abroad from the war with their children, but without their husbands.
Has the approach to the departure of children changed in 2023? Let's find out.
Departure of children abroad under the age of 16
The legislation clearly states that children must be accompanied:
- Mother or father with a child's birth certificate. We emphasize that during martial law, the notarized consent of the other parent is not required;
- Other relatives - grandparents, stepmother, stepfather or adult brother or sister. In this case, the child's birth certificate and a document confirming kinship (not notarized) are also required;
- persons who are not related to the child. These citizens need to have a written statement from one of the parents (must be certified by the guardianship authority), the child's birth certificate and an adult identity document.
Please note! From the age of 16, children are allowed to travel abroad on their own and do not need parental permission. This rule applies regardless of martial law.
Whether the child travels abroad with adults or on his/her own, it is necessary to take care of his/her health. The best solution is guaranteed access to medical services. Take out an insurance policy to be sure that your child will receive medical care abroad.
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When is a child prohibited from crossing the border?
One of the parents may prohibit the child from leaving Ukraine. To do this, you need to apply in writing to the Administration of the State Border Guard Service and attach a notarized form of disagreement with the child's departure.
In case of questions regarding a specific case, citizens can contact the hotline of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine by phone:
• 1598 for calls from the territory of Ukraine (the line is free);
• +38(044)527-63-63 for calls from abroad (according to the tariffs of the telecommunications operator).
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The simultaneous stay of visitors in the hotel lobby not more than one person per 10 square meters of serviceable area is allowed.
Persons can visit hotels and stay there (outside hotel room) only if they wear respirator or face mask (including homemade mask), so that the nose and mouth are covered.
Hotel guests are obliged to keep the 1.5 meters distance.
Online check-in making in advance is recommended to avoid queues at check-in to hotel.
Meals in hotels are provided through meals delivery service to rooms upon prior order or at hotel restaurants situated inside or in open areas, provided the distance of at least 1.5 meters between seats at adjacent tables.
Not more than 4 clients are allowed to stay at the table (excluding children under 14 years old). Unless these tables are separated by a special partition;
Self-serve is not allowed.