Country-Specific Regulations


For the safety of your child, some countries have more restrictions for children traveling with guardians or as an unaccompanied minor. Review the following child travel guidelines for travel from select countries or refer to the U.S. Department of State’s travel website, opens in a new window for more information.

Travel from Brazil


Per Brazilian legislation, Brazilian citizens under the age of 18 and traveling without both parents are required to present additional documentation in order to depart Brazil, opens in a new window .This requirement also applies to minors with dual nationality or those born in Brazil and who are not Brazilian citizens. 

Resources: For more information regarding Brazil’s documentation requirements, please click on the link below or contact the consulate in the child’s country of residence.

        http://www.cnj.jus.br/programas-e-acoes/viagem-ao-exterior, opens in a new window

Requirements for passengers under the age of 18:

  • Passengers who are traveling with only one of the parents/legal guardians must have a notarized letter with authorization from the other parent/legal guardian
  • A passenger traveling alone or accompanied by someone other than the parents/legal guardians must have a notarized letter with authorization from both parents/legal guardians
  • Judicial authorization will be required for travel of Brazilian citizens under 18 if accompanied by an adult that is not a Brazilian citizen and resides abroad, provided (1) such adult is not the parent/legal guardian of the minor or (2) the minor, though born in Brazil, does not have Brazilian citizenship

Exemptions: Authorization is not required for minors traveling with both parents or non-Brazilian citizens that were not born in Brazil.

Travel from Italy


All unaccompanied minors of Italian citizenship under the age of 14 that are traveling internationally are required to have the following documents:

  • Individual passport (according to the Ministerial Circular n. 400/A/2012/23.1.3 attached)

AND

  • “Dichiarazione di accompagno” duly authorized by the Police Authority (“Questura”). 

The current regulation applies to: 

Italian citizens under 14 years traveling as an Unaccompanied Minor (Requirement)

  • In addition to a passport, the passenger must have a notarized affidavit from the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of the child confirming that the minor has permission to travel as an unaccompanied minor.
  • This document must be signed by the parent(s) or by the legal guardian(s) and authenticated by the Police Headquarters (Questura) and include the name of the airline to which the minor is entrusted.

Exemptions:

  • Authorization is not required for minors traveling with parents.
  • Authorization is not required for non-Italian citizens.
  • Authorization is not required for UMNR 14 years and older.

The “Dichiarazione di Accompagno” forms are to be prepared and held by the unaccompanied minor, in the unaccompanied minor envelope with their passport. Find more information on traveling as an unaccompanied minor

Copies of the declaration are to be retained by the origination station for 5 Years. Click on the recommended authorization form, opens in a new window for Passengers to follow in Italian

Travel from to/from Mexico


Any passenger under 18 traveling alone to/from Mexico must have a notarized letter with authorization from a parent and translated in Spanish, otherwise they will be refused entry. Review all requirements from the government of Mexico, opens in a new window.

Travel to/from South Africa


Passengers traveling with minors (including unaccompanied minors under the age of 18), will be required to present additional documentation in order to enter or depart the Republic of South Africa. Review all requirements from the government of South Africa, opens in a new window.

The new regulation applies to minor travel if:

1. Both parents are traveling with the minor – (Requirement)

In addition to a passport, parents need an original stamped or sealed birth certificate or certified copy

2. One parent is traveling with a minor – (Requirement)

Original stamped or sealed birth certificate or certified copy and one of the applicable items below:

  • Affidavit consent from the parent (non-traveling parent) listed in the birth certificate — authorizing minor to enter or depart from South Africa
  • For a sole parent or legal guardian: a court order that indicates full parental responsibilities/rights and legal guardianship
  • Where applicable, a death certificate of the other parent who is registered as the parent on the birth certificate

3. Persons traveling with a child who is not their biological child – (Requirement)

  • Certified copy of the birth certificate
  • Affidavit from the parents or legal guardians of child confirming that minor has permission to travel with non-related person
  • Copies of the identity documents or passports of the parents or legal guardian of the child
  • Contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the minor

4. Unaccompanied minors – (Requirement)

  • Proof of consent (letter or affidavit) from one or both parents/legal guardian authorizing travel into/out of South Africa
  • In the case where one parent provides proof of consent, said parent must also present court order that shows full parental responsibilities and rights.
  • A letter from the person receiving the child in South Africa; containing their South Africa residential address and contact details and where the child will reside
  • A copy of identity documents or valid passport(and where applicable;visa or permanent residence permit) of the person receiving the child in South Africa
  • Parent/Legal guardian contact details.

Exemptions:

  • The new law does not apply to children traveling within in South Africa (i.e. between Johannesburg and Cape Town).
  • School tours — South Africa immigration will accept a letter from the school’s Principal to cover all minors on a school tour.
  • Birth certificate and additional documentation is not required for those transiting South Africa.