Documentation For Children Traveling Internationally
Children traveling internationally require the same documentation as adults, that means that even the youngest babies need to get a passport or other accepted ID
International Child Abduction laws mean that you'll need a little more advance preparation and documentation if you are a parent traveling without your spouse, a grandparent, or if your last name is different from your child's last name.
- You will need a notarized letter from the absent parent giving their permission for you to travel with the child. The letter must include the absent parents address, phone number, authorization to travel, the destination and the length of stay.
- If you are a single parent by divorce, you will need the notarized letter plus your legal papers outlining custody.
- If your spouse has died, you will need the death certificate
- If a child traveling has a different last name from one of the parents, be prepared to show documentation that shows that both are parents (e.g. a birth certificate or adoption decree).
- If the child had only one parent at birth, be prepared to show a birth certificate
Note: Unfortunately I am unable to give advice about specific destinations or situations. Check with your country’s state department, and the embassy of each country you will be visiting regarding the latest regulations and requirements. Try to get written instructions that you can carry with you in case any questions arise at immigration. For US Citizens, the state department website is travel.state.gov