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#236669 - 04/30/07 09:22 PM Kids Traveling to Belize With Us  
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I am taking my wife back to Belize for our second time at the end of May for our 10 year anniversary. I would like to have our best friends come down with our kids (2 girls - ages 5 and 6) AFTER we are already 2-3 days in to our vacation. This will be a total surprise for my wife. I have a few questions now that you have some background information:

1. Do my 2 children need a passport to travel to belize?
2. Will there be any issues with our best friends flying with our 2 children to belize?
3. Any other possible problem or issues you can see with this?

Thanks for your answers / feedback in advance!

#236670 - 04/30/07 09:35 PM Re: Kids Traveling to Belize With Us [Re: speedpro50]  
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1. Yes

2. Give the friends a notarized statement granting them legal responsibilty for the kids and permitting their out-of-country travel. Be very specific as to dates/countries/itinerary etc. This should cover any immigration/emmigration issues - has for me in the past, even post 9/11.

3. Double check with the airlines.

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#236671 - 04/30/07 09:37 PM Re: Kids Traveling to Belize With Us [Re: speedpro50]  
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Your kids will need passports. In addition, both parents need to be present to apply or you'll need something notarized that your wife agrees to this passport application. Google US passport,and it will spell it out.

So, unless you have another reason for your kids to get passports, this will be hard to pull off as a surprise.

Your friends should have notarized letters stating your permission to take your kids with them to Belize.

#236675 - 05/01/07 06:51 AM Re: Kids Traveling to Belize With Us [Re: JeanH]  
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yup, what they say is so, i just did it.

both parents need to be present to get the passports, or one has to supply a letter giving the other permission to get it. they require their original birth certs (with raised seal) and photos at time of application. childrens' passports are only valid for 5 years. if you intend to do this, get on it soon! you will need to pay extra to super-expedite them.

you will also need a letter giving the non-custodial adult permission for the children to leave the country on the given dates.

so, as Jean said, it will be hard to make it a surprise.

we will be in BZ the same time as you, with our sons. good luck, and enjoy!

#236694 - 05/01/07 10:27 AM Re: Kids Traveling to Belize With Us [Re: sweetjane]  
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Any particular outline of what exactly needs to be in the notarized document giving authority to our best friends to travel to Belize with our children?

#236705 - 05/01/07 11:45 AM Re: Kids Traveling to Belize With Us [Re: speedpro50]  
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I had to do this once in regards to the letter. State that you and your wife ( full names) are giving consent. So that you have it all covered, add the children's names, ages, dates of the trip, who ,what and where. Include your phone number where you can be reached and your address. Notarize it and you should be good to go. Good luck.

#236706 - 05/01/07 11:52 AM Re: Kids Traveling to Belize With Us [Re: RMT]  
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Thanks so much!

#236853 - 05/02/07 10:29 AM Re: Kids Traveling to Belize With Us [Re: speedpro50]  
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There is a big back up in getting passports lately so better get on it if you are going at the end of May. Will need to do one of the expedite options. Regular apps are taking over 6 weeks.

#236866 - 05/02/07 12:24 PM Re: Kids Traveling to Belize With Us [Re: Barbara K]  
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My husband applied for his passport three weeks ago. Expedited it and was told a wait of 5 weeks. I was suprised but he received it to the day in exactly two weeks. Like Barb said though, don't take a chance and get moving!

#236966 - 05/03/07 08:28 AM Re: Kids Traveling to Belize With Us [Re: RMT]  
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I just checked on passports for a friend. The official website says it could take up to 10 weeks for regular submission (still only 2 weeks if you expedite), but the post office told them it could take 12 weeks!

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