Mom and Dad Aren’t Going on Spring Break with Me – What Should I Do?

February 15th, 2013

March Break is rapidly approaching, and if you’re a typical teen, you’re likely getting ready to ditch the books and fly south for some fun in the sun.

You and your BFFs can’t wait to shed your winter coats, along with your inhibitions, for a joyful week of parent-free pleasure.

But before the frivolity begins, you’ll have to get to your destination hassle free.

Imagine how heartbroken you’d be if you were turned away at the airline’s check-in counter because you didn’t have the proper documentation.

So, what do you need to bring, besides sunscreen and a bikini?

  1. If you’re leaving the country, you must have a valid passport.
  2. If you’re travelling without your parents or legal guardians, you should have a notarized consent-to-travel letter signed by both of them. If you don’t have a permission letter from your parents, the airline may refuse to let you board the plane, or you could be held at the border when trying to leave the country you were visiting.
  3. Depending on the airline, you may also require your birth certificate, showing the name(s) of your parent(s), and any legal documents pertaining to custody. You may also be asked to present a death certificate if your parent(s) are deceased and your consent letter has been signed by your legal guardians.

To avoid frustration, panic and disappointment, we recommend you contact the airline to confirm its rules for minors travelling alone. It also wouldn’t hurt to contact the embassy or consulate of the country you’ll be visiting to determine its specific entry and exit requirements.

Red Seal Notary can prepare a consent-to-travel letter for your parents. Click here to complete our online form: http://www.redsealnotary.com/consent-to-travel-document.html.

If your permission letter is already prepared, your parents can request an appointment to have it notarized by clicking here: http://www.redsealnotary.com/appointment.html, or they can call us at 1-888-922-7325.

Once your documents are ready, the only decisions remaining will be: should you play beach volleyball, go snorkeling, or swim with the dolphins?

Enjoy your trip!

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