My two minor children (both 8 y.o.) are traveling from Toronto to Warsaw for three weeks this summer. My wife and I are married and living together with the children.

Besides passports, what additional documentation or letters are needed to make the trip hassle free?

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    Possible duplicate: travel.stackexchange.com/questions/13966/…
    – Karlson
    Commented Jun 12, 2014 at 18:47
  • @karlson good find. Minors should alias to children (or the other way around). I'd remove the Air Travel tag. Commented Jun 12, 2014 at 18:58
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    Not a duplicate because of a different country. Commented Jun 12, 2014 at 19:02
  • Well, we could have 150 different versions of the same question based on country change alone. Tough call. Take it to Meta. Commented Jun 12, 2014 at 19:05
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    Not a duplicate because laws can be different. Commented Jun 13, 2014 at 9:05

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Movement of minors can be a sensitive issue and it's better to over-prepare and over-think where ever possible.

The over-arching priority in bringing minors into the EU is the rights of the child. You should familiarize yourself with its provisions. Member states have adopted local statues along these guidelines.

The grandmother should bring something to show that they are biologically related and both parents consent to the children's travel. Regulations also require that the children be cared for adequately and the grandmother should bring evidence of this.

If possible, bring something that shows the children will not miss school or otherwise become truant. You can also advise the American Citizen Services Host Warden in Poland about the details of the trip.

Related background info: protection of minors.

  • The question is about a grandmother traveling with the children, not the father. Commented Jan 8, 2015 at 23:00

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