International Travel Consent for the Children of Travelers
Tatiana and I are both lovers of travel, and we both plan on continuing to travel extensively while our son is a minor. Sometimes we'll travel together, and sometimes it'll be done independently.
Perhaps one day I'll be traveling in the middle of Africa, and Tatiana will want to take Aidric from Peru to Brazil. Or perhaps one day a teenaged Aidric and I will take a trip through Thailand with my brother.
But almost regardless the destination, there will be an overarching immigration requirement that must be satisfied: Proof that Aidric has the consent of both parents to travel abroad.
The spirit of these laws is to prevent child abduction, but poses a particularly strong nuisance to regular international travelers and multi-national families.
From what I can tell (from both experience and research) is that an unreachable parent, divorce, or death aren't reasons to have incomplete paperwork. It would appear that material status, or lack thereof, is not a factor in all this. Unless the child has been decreed the sole custody of a specific parent or guardian, there must be consent.
What I want to be able to do is sign and notarize a document to authorize Aidric to travel internationally with Tatiana, without my presence, until he turns 18. Both of us would likely do this in English and in Spanish, in the U.S. and in Peru, respectively.
But every document template I turn up and every source I come across indicates that the specifics of each every trip must be indicated—countries to be visited, for what dates, etc.—for every unique instance of travel.
(sigh) Heaven forbid I be able authorize such things for 18 years. Do I really need to worry about this each and every time Aidric will travel without both of us until the year 2026?
The real problem that we're dealing with is not one country's bureaucratic policy; but the upcoming battles that will be fought with hundreds of international territories, border crossings, and airlines. The gatekeepers, and their subjective interpretations of authorized consent, are an utter minefield of potential misery.
There are just too many negative scenarios playing out in my head to mitigate. If we can't obtain a convincing 18-year consent form, something like a relationship problem between Tatiana and I, or an inability to get satisfactory authorization transmitted whilst one of us is traveling abroad, could strand Aidric (and the one with him) in a country.
It's a real mess, and the idea of doing paperwork each and every time Aidric crosses a border without the two of us present—for 18 years—feels like living nightmare.