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Guatemala: Information on the procedures and regulations regarding the travel of children, either accompanied by a parent, accompanied by a non-parent or unaccompanied when travelling abroad, whether children need their own passports or can be included on their parents' passports, whether a parent who accompanies his/her children out of the country needs proof at exit that they have entitlement to do so, via a court order, a custody order, death certificate or a letter of permission from the other parent in order to leave the country with their children by air or land

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 December 1997
Citation / Document Symbol GTM28490.E
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Guatemala: Information on the procedures and regulations regarding the travel of children, either accompanied by a parent, accompanied by a non-parent or unaccompanied when travelling abroad, whether children need their own passports or can be included on their parents' passports, whether a parent who accompanies his/her children out of the country needs proof at exit that they have entitlement to do so, via a court order, a custody order, death certificate or a letter of permission from the other parent in order to leave the country with their children by air or land, 1 December 1997, GTM28490.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ac5b62.html [accessed 30 July 2014]
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The following information was provided by the First Secretary and Consul at the Embassy of Guatemala in Ottawa on 9 and 12 December 1997 during two telephone interviews with the Research Directorate.

According to the Guatemalan migration law (Ley de Migración) when travelling abroad by air or land, all children (minors under 18 years old) require their own passport. The child's travelling authorization is never included in a parent's passport. In most cases, under the observations section, a child's passport will indicate that he/she has received "permanent permission" from his/her parents (autorización permanente de sus padres). This permanent permission allows the child to travel with both or either parent, with a non-parent or alone for as long as the passport is valid. When a passport expires, the permanent permission from the parents will need to be renewed with the new passport.

In some other cases, "special permission" (permiso especial) may be indicated in the passport which grants a child specific travelling privileges for one trip (i.e. the child can travel with his mother for one trip only).

All passports are issued by the General Directorate of Migration (Dirección General de Migración) in Guatemala City. Consular offices can renew passports but cannot issue first-time passports.

When a single parent accompanies his/her children out of the country, he/she needs proof at exit that entitlement has been given via a court order, a custody order, a death certificate, a divorce certificate or a letter of permission from the other parent.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.

References

Embassy of Guatemala, Ottawa. 12 December 1997. Telephone interview with the First Secretary and Consul.

_____. 9 December 1997. Telephone interview with the First Secretary and Consul.

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