Single Parent Traveling with a Minor(s)
As you are aware, you need a passport for yourself and your child to travel to Mexico and the Caribbean, but many people are not aware that you also need additional documentation when entering foreign countries as a single adult traveling with a minor child. Not only is this an issue for single parents, but ANY parent or adult traveling out of the country alone with a minor child or children.
What is the required additional documentation?
The answer is, it depends as documentation requirements change based on your destination. We recommend a notarized letter of consent from the other parent of your child (See Below). If you have any questions, call the consulate of your destination. Remember to tell them how you are entering the country: by air or land. It may make a difference.
What if you have special circumstances like many single parents?
Perhaps you are unable to locate your child's mother, maybe you never knew the father, or the mother is deceased? Once again, your first stop should be to contact the consulate of your planned destination and ask them what documents they require for your situation. They may require some form of legal documentation stating your situation. Some examples of special documentation a destination country may require are:
(For example, if you never knew who your child's father was or cannot find the mother, get documented proof of that from an official.)
Once you have contacted the destination's consulate and determined what you need, contact your tour operator and/or airline to make sure that they will accept your documentation, particularly with special situations. Get their names, titles and phone numbers, so if a gate agent stops you at the airport you can tell them to whom you spoke and hopefully that will smooth your ride.