Can I travel with my child after I separate or divorce?
Question & AnswerCan I travel with my child after I separate or divorce?
2. Get a travel consent letter
It's a good idea to get a travel consent letter from your partner that says they agree to let you travel with your child.
Canada doesn't have a law that says you have to carry a travel consent letter if you're travelling with your child. But when entering or leaving a foreign country you may be asked for one by immigration authorities, airline agents, or Canadian officials when re-entering Canada. If you don't have a letter, your travel may be delayed and you may not get permission to enter or leave a country.
The Government of Canada also strongly recommends that all children traveling with one parent, another family member, friends, or a group, carry a travel consent letter. A sample travel consent letter is available on its website.
There are no rules about what the letter should say. But it should be as detailed as possible. Include information like:
- your child's full name
- your child's passport number
- your child's date of birth
- your travel dates
- the places you are going to
- your contact information while traveling
- your full name
- your passport number
- your relationship to the child
- your partner's full name
- your partner's contact information
It's best to get your partner to sign this letter in front of a notary public, but you don't have to. A notary public is a person who is able to verify a person's signature on a document.