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    I've only been asked for a letter on my most recent trip back to Canada (August). I've traveled back on my own with my daughter and have never been asked for one and I so didn't have one on this trip. The custom's agent "strongly recommended" I have one the next time I travel without my husband, especially since I was returning to my home country without him. She seemed surprised that this had never happened before. When I asked if it had to be notarized, she said it should be, but that was only after I asked. I did "get in" without the letter though.

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    Heard that it is required for Venezuela.... but I don't think you were considering going there, heheh

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    sample of "letter of consent" from canadian consulate. some changes have been made to suit our trip on saturday...

    To Whom It May Concern
    I , XY(passport #), am married to XX (passport #). We are the lawful custodial parents of

    Child’s full name:
    Date of birth (DD/MM/YY):
    Place of birth:
    Canadian passport number:
    Date of issuance of Canadian passport (DD/MM/YY):
    Place of issuance of Canadian passport:

    And

    Child’s full name:
    Date of birth (DD/MM/YY):
    Place of birth:
    Canadian passport number:
    Date of issuance of Canadian passport (DD/MM/YY):
    Place of issuance of Canadian passport:

    Children's names, have my consent to travel with my wife, XX.
    Full name of accompanying person:
    Canadian or foreign passport number:
    Date of issuance of passport (DD/MM/YY):
    Place of issuance of passport:

    to visit (name of countries) during the period of dates of departure and arrival back to HK. During that period, they will be residing with XX & XY at the following address:

    Any questions regarding this consent letter can be directed to the undersigned at:
    our address

    Signature(s):_____________________________________ _ Date:_________________
    (Full name(s) and signature(s) of custodial parent,
    and/or non-custodial parent(s) or legal guardian(s))
    Signed before me, (name of witness), this

    _________________ (date) at ________ ______ (name of location).

    Signature: ________________ (name of witness)
    "

    as i've said, i've been through immigrationt o canada 3 times in the past 5.5 years and i've been asked EVERY TIME for a letter of consent.

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    I've also traveled between HK, US, Singapore, Thailand, China, and layovers in Japan and Taiwan, and I've never been asked for a letter. However, when I drove to Canada from the US, I was asked if I had his permission to take them into another country and I said yes. They just looked at our passports and let us through.
    All the best,
    Katie

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    I have taken my son to Canada, US (via air and through Canadian borders), Taiwan, Korea, China (numerous times to each country), but have never been asked for such a letter. But I guess it's good to have just in case.

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    In the US some airlines will ask for it and some won't. Sometimes it's just a judgment call of the check-in person in which they gauge your reaction (do you get sweaty, defensive, etc). I suspect it might be more common for folks living in the US with a US address who are going overseas without a parent, rather than vacationing there or passing through. It might also be more common for folks traveling to countries that do not participate in the Hague treaty like Egypt and a few others that are notorious havens for baby snatching parents.

    http://www.findthekids.com/middleeast.html

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    well, just went through canadian immigration again last saturday. was again asked if i was the sole custodial parent. answer: no. question: do you have a letter giving your permission to travel with your children from the othe custodial parent?

    answer: yes, here is the letter. here is a copy of our itinerary. here is a copy of my husband's itinerary. here is a copy of his passport/hkid.

    reply: wow! you are very prepared. excellent. here's your passports. have a great trip!

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