There are certain things you need to know before you go. The Canadian Border Patrol watches for missing or abducted children and may ask detailed questions about the children who are traveling with you. Make sure you're prepared before you go! Here are a few tips:
- If you're traveling with kids, you should carry identification for each child.
- In the case of infants who have not yet been issued birth certificates, an original baptismal or hospital certificate that indicates the country of birth is sufficient.
- If you are travelling with children, you should carry identification for each child.
- Divorced parents who share custody of their children should carry copies of the legal custody documents.
- Travellers under the age of 18 and unaccompanied by a parent need a letter of permission to travel in Canada from a parent or guardian. Have it notarized. It should state where the minor is going, how long they plan to travel, where they're staying and when they plan to return. Include all the parents' contact info, address and phone numbers.
- Children traveling with one parent, grandparents, or other guardians should carry proof of custody and/or notarized letters from the non-accompanying parent(s) authorizing travel. This is in addition to proof of the child’s citizenship. This letter should contain contact telephone numbers for the other parent or legal guardian not present.
- Travelers without such documentation may experience delays at the port of entry.
- If you are traveling as part of a group of vehicles, be sure that you are in the same vehicle as your child/children when you arrive at the border.
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