December 5, 2013
Minors traveling outside of Mexico without their parents or legal guardians will now face a simplified, standardized process. The lengthy parental consent and notarization process used in the past will be discontinued.
The Mexican immigration authority announced that minors traveling outside of Mexico without their parents or legal guardians will soon be able to present a standardized, simplified form upon exiting the country. The form is not yet available, but the National Immigration Institute (INM) is expected to release it soon.
All individuals under 18, whether Mexican or foreign nationals, require authorization to travel outside of Mexico without both parents or legal guardians.
Previously, parents or legal guardians were required to grant consent for each international trip by signing a document, which was subsequently notarized and presented to immigration officers when the minor exited the country. Parents living abroad were required to legalize the document for use in Mexico — a lengthy process in some countries.
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