- February 25, 2015

Travelling without a consent to travel? Not a good idea

While at Pearson Airport, in Mississauga, Ontario. I met a woman who was planning to travel to Greece, to attend her husband’s grandmother’s funeral. Her husband had already gone to Greece where he expected his wife and young child to follow.

He even wrote and signed a letter of consent allowing his daughter to travel with her mom (without him). However, there was a problem. The letter was not notarized. Upon reaching the checkpoint, security prevented his wife from entering. She was told that she needed a Notary Public to notarize the document. Without notarization, she would not be allowed to leave the country with her daughter. The mother was dressed in black, crying and begging the guard to let her in. She was told that she had two choices: stay home, or leave without her child.

Obviously, she didn’t like either option. I told her that I was a Notary, but I could not notarize the document without witnessing her husband’s signature. She had to delay her trip while she found someone to care for her child.

Walk-In Notary can help. If you need a Consent to Travel Letter, we can draft one for you, or notarize one that you draft. However, we need you to be present at the time of notarization so that we can witness your signature. Have questions? Give us a call at 905-366-4356, or email us at info@walkinnotary.com

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