Mexican Immigration documents for International vacation travel to Mexico
Travelers to and from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama, Mexico and Canada will be required to have a passport or other secure, accepted document to enter or re-enter the United States.
Immigration is something all international travelers will face when arriving at their final destinations. Passports will make traveling much easier for you and your family. On the plane you will be asked to fill out a customs and immigration form. Importation tariffs do not usually apply to tourist luggage but you may be asked to open your bags at one point. Once you de-plane immigration will ask to see your documents, after that you can pick up your luggage.
Traveling with children
A child departing the US and traveling with only one parent, a guardian, or even grandparents or other relatives, must have written and notarized permission from both birth parents or legal guardians to enter many countries. Read more about these stringent new laws below.
The US Immigration & Naturalization Service has begun cracking down on single adults departing the United States with children, at the request of international border officials trying to halt the transport of runaways and children involved in child-custody disputes.
Mexican law requires that if only one parent (or grandparent, or other guardian) is accompanying a minor under 18 into Mexico, they must bear a notarized letter from the child's other parent (or guardian) granting permission to enter Mexico with the child, including the dates of travel, the accompanying adult's name, contact information, and a notarized signature.
A consular officer at the U.S. Department of State's Office of Children's Issues verified the facts required by most countries from a 'permission to travel' letter, and reiterated that a parent's notarized signature and identification for the child (birth certificate or passport) were both essential.
A spokesperson at American Airlines said that the INS had only recently begun enforcing this rule through the airlines. Although travel agents have been charged with notifying clients that airlines will require this letter at the airport -- before issuing boarding passes -- it can slip between the cracks.
Adults traveling with children should be aware of this regulation, and arrive prepared. Call the nearest embassy of the country you will be visiting for up-to-date requirements. Divorced parents should be sure to carry notarized custody papers, as well as identification for themselves and the child.
Click here to open a sample letter you can print out, fill in and carry with you on future international travels.