My sister is taking DS1 and DS2 to Eurodisney in late february, with a friend and her friends DD.
Do I have to do anything to enable her to take DSs out of the country, particulary as they have different surnames? If me and DH write her a letter giving her permission, would that be enough, or is there something official I have to do?
This is the first time they've gone anywhere without me, and I'm a bit nervous anyway - so, I really don't want to have to worry that immigration/customs will whisk them away 'cos they think DSis is kidnapping them!
People travel with different names all the time though, don't they - like if the parents aren't married, or are remarried, and the children have their father's name and the mother has a different one - I shouldn't think it would be a problem...but you could always write a letter anyway just in case!
years ago, my friend went on holiday with my family to Spain. Not sure if she had her own passport or was on her mums, but we had to take a letter from her parents to say we had permission to take her.
My sister-in-law took her neighbor's teenage daughter to The Bahmas with her (from the US) last year to help with the kids, and she had to have a note saying it was OK. I know it's a different country, but I would think the rules would be similar.
Make sure they have a letter of permission to be on the safe side!
I took my sister's children to the States when I was on a sort of working holiday. Eyebrows were raised very quickly (especially as they have French passports) and the children were questioned separately from me to make sure our stories corroborated. I hate to think what would have happened had they been a little hesitant or overwhelmed. All was ok eventually but it was not a nice experience and it shook us up a bit.
I took my own daughter to Canada without DH accompanying us and got hassle at immigration there They even tried to ask DD who was only 3 at the time when her birthday was - it was 11pm UK time and she was not in the mood to co-operate!
However, I don't think we'd helped things as I think I had travelled on a UK passport and she on a NZ passport although I'm sure she was in my UK one too but we used to like her to collect her own stamps!
I'd write a letter for your sister to take just incase she's asked. She probably won't be but at least if she has a letter she has proof that it's ok.
When we were flying home from Canada a few years ago I got to the check in desk with dd1 and dh was trailing behind with the suitcases. The first thing the lady on the check in asked me was if I had permission from my husband to take my dd out of the country. I pointed out that my husband was just coming and it was fine but I thought it a little odd seeing as we had British passports and were returning home after a holiday. They're very strict about this in Canada it seems.
I'd make sure she has a copy of their birth certificates - my sister went on holiday with her son, who has a different surname, and her partner - who also has a different surname - and even though my nephew was adamant he was with his mum she ended up having to have his birth certificate faxed through to the airport. But I'd also check with the tour operator/airline just to make sure.