Montenegro: Documentation required and procedures to be followed by a parent wishing to travel abroad with a minor child in the absence, or without the consent, of the other parent
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Ottawa|
|Publication Date||22 February 2007|
|Citation / Document Symbol||MNE102412.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Montenegro: Documentation required and procedures to be followed by a parent wishing to travel abroad with a minor child in the absence, or without the consent, of the other parent, 22 February 2007, MNE102412.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/47d6546728.html [accessed 11 December 2013]|
The following information was provided during a 17 January 2007 telephone interview with an attaché of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Ottawa. The attaché confirmed that the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Ottawa provides all diplomatic and other consular services for Montenegro since they do not yet have embassies or diplomatic offices set up. The information she provided about Serbia also applies to Montenegro.
In order to travel abroad with a minor child, a parent needs to include the child's information in his or her own passport or to obtain a separate passport for the child. The consent of the other parent is not necessary in either case. The Web site of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Washington corroborates the fact that only one parent is required to apply for the child's passport or to enter the child into his or her own passport (n.d.). The International Air Transport Association's Travel Information Manual indicates the following information regarding travelling with a minor from Montenegro:
Minors: (a person is a minor up to and including 14 years of age) travelling on the passport of a parent must be specially named in that parent's (transit) visa. Parents' (transit) visas must name each child and clearly apply to those minors. (Dec. 2006, 311)
The Serbian embassy attaché also explained that if one parent has court-ordered sole custody of the child, he or she can leave the country with the child without the consent of the other parent (17 Jan. 2007). In the case of joint custody, either parent can travel abroad with the child without requiring the consent of the other parent, nor do the airlines require such consent (Serbia 17 Jan. 2007). If one parent has full custody and the second parent has only visitation rights, the second parent needs to obtain written consent of the custodial parent to travel with the child; otherwise, he or she will face prosecution (ibid.). The letter indicating consent of the custodial parent must be certified by a notary and legalized by an apostille from the legal section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (ibid.). The attaché explained that an apostille is a stamp that is used under an agreement between countries to demonstrate that a document was certified by a country; the apostille will ensure that the document is then legally recognized by other countries party to the agreement (ibid.).
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada's travel report on Serbia and Montenegro states that:
[a]ny adult travelling with children may be required to show evidence of parental/custodial and/or access rights. Foreign and Canadian authorities may also require evidence that the adult has the consent of the parents, legal guardian, and/or the court to travel with the children. (15 June 2006)
Although Serbia is a member of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) and a signatory to the Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, Montenegro is not included on the list of state signatories (HCCH 31 Aug. 2006). According to HCCH's Web site,
[f]ollowing the declaration of the state independence of Montenegro, and under the Article 60 of the Constitutional Charter of the state union of Serbia and Montenegro, the Republic of Serbia is continuing international personality of the state union of Serbia and Montenegro, which was confirmed also by the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia at its session held on 5 June 2006. (ibid.)
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 for refugee protection. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
Canada. 15 June 2006. Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. "Travel Report: Serbia and Montenegro."
Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH). 31 August 2006. "Status Table: Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction."
Serbia. 17 January 2007. Embassy of the Republic of Serbia, Ottawa. Telephone interview with an attaché.
_____. N.d. Embassy of the Republic of Serbia, Washington, DC. "Travel Documents."
Travel Information Manual (TIM). December 2006. "Montenegro (Republic of) (ME)." Badhoevedorp, Netherlands: International Air Transport Association (IATA) Netherlands Data Publications.
Additional Sources Consulted
Oral sources: Montenegro Airlines did not provide information within the time constraints of this Response.
Internet sites, including: Canadian Embassy in Belgrade, Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Ottawa, Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Washington, Interpol, Montenegro Airlines, Serbian Government, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), US Department of State (Bureau of Consular Affairs and Reciprocity Schedule).