What age can your mixed child fly out with only one parent?

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Re: What age can your mixed child fly out with only one parent?

Postby Mother Theresa » 18 Mar 2009, 10:55

Related question: Can anyone tell me at what age a child is allowed to fly from New York to Taiwan with its prostitute mother?
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Re: What age can your mixed child fly out with only one parent?

Postby timmyjames » 18 Mar 2009, 10:58

Well this is a very true situation. it was a co-worker. I think it sounds crazy too. He is an older guy too. Looks respectable. No past problems. very strange.
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Re: What age can your mixed child fly out with only one parent?

Postby timmyjames » 18 Mar 2009, 11:02

sandman wrote:Our kid's passports -- Brit and Taiwanese -- had to be authenticated by both parents with marriage certificates, etc. Nothing about the kid being forbidden from traveling. How would the immigration officer even know you're traveling with your husband or wife, anyway? It's not like you go through immigration as a pair. I took the kid through immigration on the way out of Taiwan last month and the wife took him through on the way back. No questions, no problems.

When I came back for the USA after Chinese New Year, Immigration sent us through as a family..me (USA), my wife(Taiwanese) and my daughter (both). The sent me through the citizen line (or whatever it is) with them.
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Re: What age can your mixed child fly out with only one parent?

Postby scomargo » 18 Mar 2009, 15:43

timmyjames wrote:
Maoman wrote:
timmyjames wrote:I know Taiwan has some odd law about children who have one local parent and one foreign parent cannot leave the country without the local parent.

Sez who? I've never heard of this.


It is some strange law "to protect Taiwanese children." My Canadian friend has a Taiwanese wife, and they have a little girl. He wanted his parents to meet the little girl, so he purchased tickets to fly him and his daughter back to Canada. I think his daughter was under 1 year old.

Long story short, even though his wife was at the airport with him, wishing him a safe trip, he was still not allowed to take his daughter out of the country. His wife was there telling the airline/immigration, that all was well, but they refused. The basically said it is the law and its "to protect Taiwanese children."

It was the first time I heard of it too.

Did your Canadian friend's daughter have a Canadian passport?
Just so you know, I just asked this question recently on parentpages, and you can see the responses I got. I didn't really get a definitive answer:
http://www.parentpages.net/tw/viewtopic ... 085#p15085
To be safe, it might be best to take a copy of your household registration proving the relationship between parent and child.
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Re: What age can your mixed child fly out with only one parent?

Postby Northcoast Surfer » 18 Mar 2009, 16:03

Mother Theresa wrote:Related question: Can anyone tell me at what age a child is allowed to fly from New York to Taiwan with its prostitute mother?

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Re: What age can your mixed child fly out with only one parent?

Postby sandman » 18 Mar 2009, 18:24

To be safe, it might be best to take a copy of your household registration proving the relationship between parent and child.

How would that help? The issue of this nonsense seems to be parental abduction, not whether you're actually the child's parent or not.
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Re: What age can your mixed child fly out with only one parent?

Postby engerim » 18 Mar 2009, 20:02

sandman wrote:
To be safe, it might be best to take a copy of your household registration proving the relationship between parent and child.

How would that help? The issue of this nonsense seems to be parental abduction, not whether you're actually the child's parent or not.


They like it if you show documents with many red stamps and big characters in big tables?

My suggestion: If you fail one immigration officer ... go to the next counter.

Its like I never payed entrance for one of the trade shows in Taipei.
Most of them only check the papers of the yellow-breed, those racists.
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Re: What age can your mixed child fly out with only one parent?

Postby scomargo » 18 Mar 2009, 22:58

sandman wrote:
To be safe, it might be best to take a copy of your household registration proving the relationship between parent and child.

How would that help? The issue of this nonsense seems to be parental abduction, not whether you're actually the child's parent or not.

You may very well be right about that, but I just thought that it might be a paperwork technicality since the OP said the following:
Long story short, even though his wife was at the airport with him, wishing him a safe trip, he was still not allowed to take his daughter out of the country. His wife was there telling the airline/immigration, that all was well, but they refused. The basically said it is the law and its "to protect Taiwanese children."

It didn't seem to be a problem of abduction if the mother is there giving her consent, but who knows. I think the advice of trying a different counter is a good idea.

I'm still curious if this applies to children who only have Taiwan passports, or if they give you a free pass if your child also has a foreign passport of your destination country. That seemed to be what was implied by one poster on Parentpages.net
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Re: What age can your mixed child fly out with only one parent?

Postby engerim » 18 Mar 2009, 23:23

scomargo wrote:I'm still curious if this applies to children who only have Taiwan passports, or if they give you a free pass if your child also has a foreign passport of your destination country. That seemed to be what was implied by one poster on Parentpages.net


Why would parents of a half-breed want their kid to have a Taiwanese passports? Even Taiwanese don't want it :-)
Seems we finally found the reason why. :-)

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Re: What age can your mixed child fly out with only one parent?

Postby ice raven » 29 Jul 2009, 00:02

I've read online that a lot of airlines are nervous about taking a small child and only one parent as they're worried they'll get mixed up in international court cases and maybe have to fly people home for free.

I've also heard that if you're taking your child with you without your spouse, you should take a written letter from her giving her permission. Maybe get it witnessed and some stamps put on it.

Just in case something goes wrong, and someone somewhere starts asking the wrong questions. Last time someone started asking awkward questions of me (not about this though) was at a transit airport - I mean hell, what are they going to do, send me home? Either stop me before I go, or stop me going back, but half way on a flight???
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