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 bobl » 29 Jul 2009, 22:09

Don't know why some had problems, but I have had my rug rat overseas several times with just him and I going through Immigration no questions asked. OTH, maybe if a local spouse has notifyed Immigration, they might stop you, otherwise I don't see a problem.
Two of my friends, also Americans, take their kids out by themselves every summer too.
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Re: What age can your mixed child fly out with only one parent?

Postby irishstu » 23 Aug 2011, 10:58

I'm just bumping this thread to see if anyone has any recent experience with this, as I'll be travelling overseas with my four-year-old daughter soon.

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

Postby scomargo » 23 Aug 2011, 11:25

irishstu wrote:I'm just bumping this thread to see if anyone has any recent experience with this, as I'll be travelling overseas with my four-year-old daughter soon.

Anyone?

I've flown with my kids (without my wife) on three different trips. I've never been given a hard time by anybody. You'll be fine.
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Re: What age can your mixed child fly out with only one parent?

Postby Dragonbones » 23 Aug 2011, 11:44

Maybe this is one of those "fan death" or "Chinese people turn dead babies into pills" types of things --- once someone starts the rumor, it never dies.
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Re: What age can your mixed child fly out with only one parent?

Postby tomthorne » 23 Aug 2011, 12:09

I took my 8 month old bundle of joy back to the UK in August and had no problems. The immigration guy at Heathrow asked me where her mother was and I replied that she was staying in Taiwan. We then went through.

I think that this is one of those "expat myths" that tend to do the rounds.
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Re: What age can your mixed child fly out with only one parent?

Postby irishstu » 23 Aug 2011, 12:48

OK, good to know. Thanks, all.
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Re: What age can your mixed child fly out with only one parent?

Postby tomthorne » 23 Aug 2011, 13:00

Make sure you get both passports stamped when leaving Taoyuan airport, otherwise it confuses them when you return.
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Re: What age can your mixed child fly out with only one parent?

Postby irishstu » 23 Aug 2011, 13:04

tomthorne wrote:Make sure you get both passports stamped when leaving Taoyuan airport, otherwise it confuses them when you return.



Huh? How does that work? I just show the Taiwanese one when leaving or entering Taiwan and the British one when entering or leaving the UK (or as will be the case this time, Ireland).
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Re: What age can your mixed child fly out with only one parent?

Postby tomthorne » 23 Aug 2011, 13:09

irishstu wrote:
tomthorne wrote:Make sure you get both passports stamped when leaving Taoyuan airport, otherwise it confuses them when you return.



Huh? How does that work? I just show the Taiwanese one when leaving or entering Taiwan and the British one when entering or leaving the UK (or as will be the case this time, Ireland).


I dunno. My wife told me to make sure I got my kid's Taiwanese and British passport stamped when leaving. She said that if the Taiwanese one wasn't stamped immigration wouldn't know where she had come from upon our return. I just do what the boss tells me to do, and things usually work out well. I try not to think too much.
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Re: What age can your mixed child fly out with only one parent?

Postby sandman » 23 Aug 2011, 13:11

irishstu wrote:
tomthorne wrote:Make sure you get both passports stamped when leaving Taoyuan airport, otherwise it confuses them when you return.



Huh? How does that work? I just show the Taiwanese one when leaving or entering Taiwan and the British one when entering or leaving the UK (or as will be the case this time, Ireland).

That's what I do.
I seem to recall that I needed to show his Brit passport at check-in, as the ticket was made out in his English name rather than his Taiwanese one, and that name doesn't appear on his ROC passport, but that's got nothing to do with immigration. The airline just wanted to make sure he had a travel document that matched the name on the ticket.
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