How to travel with minor children

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How to travel with minor children
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If you are a single parent, grandparent, relative or family friend taking a minor on vacation, you'll need the child's birth certificate or valid passport and a letter of consent stating the details of your travel. For a hassle-free trip, there are online resources providing standard consent forms and instructions for crafting a simple letter-style consent document. If you are divorced or a widow -- especially if the last names of you and the child are different -- it is wise to carry a copy of the divorce decree or certificate of death.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Child's birth certificate or passport
  • Notarised consent form

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  1. 1

    Obtain the child's birth certificate or valid passport. Fill out a consent form or similar letter-style document for travelling with a minor. Include as many details about the trip as possible, and mention any of the child's medical allergies or conditions.

  2. 2

    Bring all documents to an authorised notary for an official seal and signature.

  3. 3

    Take all documentation with you and the child to the airport, including passport or birth certificate, consent form and any applicable divorce decrees or death certificates.

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