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I am a dual citizen of the US and a non-Eu country X. I'd like to travel to X (and back) with my young nephew, so he can see his grandparents. He is 9, is a citizen and has a passport of X. Nephew is in the US on a J2 visa, his father (my brother) holds the J1. Nephew and I have the same last name.

What docs might I need?

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    How old is the nephew? Usually with minors you'd need a notarized permission from the parents.
    – littleadv
    Jun 20 at 18:53
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    It may depend a lot on country X as well as any transit countries. I suppose your nephew is a citizen of X? Does he have a valid passport from country X?
    – jcaron
    Jun 20 at 21:06

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  1. Both of you need proper documentation to enter X. Since you are both citizens of X, that should be straight forward for most countries. Make sure that X allows dual citizenship (not all countries do).
  2. Both of you need proper documentation to re-enter the US. That's easy for you since you are a citizen but you need to read up and what's required for minors from country "X" with a J2 Visa.
  3. You should carry a notarized letter signed by both parents that you are allowed to travel with your nephew and make. You may not need it, but it's a good document to have.
  4. Discuss with the parents how you should handle things in the unlikely case there is an emergency. Can you make medical decisions? How flight changes, travelling around in the country, staying at certain places, etc.? Make sure this is properly documented and you have all required authorizations, just in case you need them.
  5. When booking flights check with the airline if they have special rule for kids travelling with an adult that isn't their legal guardian.
  6. Have fun on the trip: that's a great bonding experience.
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  • Thank you, appreciate it!
    – user79729
    Jun 21 at 20:14

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