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Child visa applications - for school groups and travel agents

If you are travelling to the UK this summer with children under the age of 18, we would like to remind you of some requirements.

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There are 2 options for child visit visas, Child Accompanied and Child Unaccompanied.

Visit visa: Child Accompanied

If the child is travelling accompanied by parents or a chaperone, say from a school or an agency, it is imperative that all accompanying adults apply first. Once they have the visa, the children can apply. The parents will need to provide a letter stating that they give permission for their child to travel with the named chaperones, plus a birth certificate to confirm the parent/child relationship.

We cannot issue a visa where the child has applied in this category and the accompanying adult/s have either not applied for a visa, or have had their visa refused. We are obliged to refuse to application of the child.

Visit visa: Child Unaccompanied

If the parents wish their children to travel unaccompanied, they can do so. They will need to provide a letter stating that they give permission for their child to travel unaccompanied and show evidence that a school/agency/other is responsible for their travel and care arrangements in the UK, plus a birth certificate to confirm the parent/child relationship.

For your information, we have a duty of care to all children that apply for a visa to the UK. We carry out relevant security checks on the accompanying adults.

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Published 29 May 2017