How to Stop a Child from Travelling Overseas when Child doesn’t have a Passport Yet
After parents have separated or divorced, there can sometimes be a concern by one parent about either:
A child travelling temporarily to an overseas destination.
A child being abducted from Australia and taken overseas to live permanently outside Australia.
There is a Child Passport Application Form which is almost all circumstances both parents have to sign for a child’s passport to be issued.
If you want to stop a child being issued an Australian passport or travelling overseas, you can:
- Lodge a Child Alert Request with the Australian Passports Office;
- Make an Application to the Court.
A Child Alert Request may prevent the issue of a child’s passport by alerting the Australian Passports Office that you have not given consent.
It is only a warning to the Australian Passport Office to pay special attention to the Application, it is not a guarantee a passport won’t be issued.
A Child Alert Request will remain in effect for a maximum of 12 months.
A Child Alert Request does not prevent a child from leaving Australia on a valid Australian (already issued) or a foreign passport.
If a passport for the Child has been issued in another country then you need to contact the embassy for that Country in Australia.
If your child already has a passport then the only way to stop them leaving Australia by plane is to get a PACE alert (see “My Child already has a Passport“).
Child Passports & International Child Abduction: More Information
We also have the following pages providing additional information in relation to getting a Passport for a Child, International Child Abduction and Relocation of a Parent with a Child :
- How to get a Passport for a Child
- How to make a Special Circumstances Application for a Child Passport
- Stopping a Child Travelling overseas: Child already has Passport
- Stopping a Child Travelling Overseas: No Passport for Child Issued yet
- Court Orders regarding Passports and Overseas Travel Orders
- Matters considered by Courts regarding issuing a Passport or making an Overseas Travel Order
- List of Hague Convention Countries
- What happens when a Child is taken to a Hague Convention Country
- What happens when a Child is taken to a Non-Hague Convention Country
- Can I stop the other Parent Relocating with my Child
- How does a Court decide Relocation Cases if a Parent moves away or wants to move away
- Documenting your Parenting Agreement in a Binding and Enforceable way
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All Topics in the Child Issues Section
- Types of Parental Responsibility Orders
- Child’s Time with Parents: Shared Care or not
- Grandparents: Rights to see Grandchildren
- Documenting a Parenting Agreement
- Best Interests of the Children
- Relocation of a Parent with a Child
- Change of a Child’s Surname
- Child Passports & Overseas Travel after Separation or Divorce
- How to change a Final Parenting Order previously made by the Court
- International Child Abduction