Friday, June 10, 2011

Traveling Abroad with Minors: Brazilian Requirements

Traveling abroad with a Brazilian minor, without one of the parents, used to be a total bitch, pardon my French. You had to go get an official paper with your a notarized signature from your house notarized. That paper lasted 30 days or 90 days or something like that. Pain in my butt.

I have done it many times. You always had to check with the Federal Police first to make sure some little detail hadn't changed. It was a real pain if you got to the airport and they didn't like your note. Trust me on that one.

Well guess what people! Brazil has actually changed some laws that make life easier for us!! Now we don't need to deal with any of the notarizing crap. All you need is a note signed by the other spouse and a copy of their ID. The signature on their ID will be compared with the note and badda Boom, you're out of the country!

Just imagine how hard it was for couples who are separated and live in different cities. Talk about a nightmare.

So Yay to bureaucracy for doing something right! FYI, double check on the Federal Police website before any trip anyway. They are sneaky little ninjas over there!

**Correction** The signature needs to be made official at the catorio but the person doesn't need to be present. 


  1. Rachel,
    You still have to get the signature notarized. The difference is that the other parent does not have to sign it in front of the cartório guy, (por autenticidade) the cartório can check the signature that s/he has on file at the cartório (por semelhança). You still need to go to a cartorio and get the stamp there, but you are right, it will be much less of a hassle.

  2. Rachel,

    I agree with you, it will be much easier for folks like you and Corinne and some others.
    On the other hand, there are many Brazilian children taken to Middle Eastern countries by a divorcing parent and these kids are never returned, so, in those cases, I am afraid it will make it easier for them to take the kids away too. :(


  3. Thanks for the correction Corinne!!

    Wait, Brazilian children being taken to the middle east? Seriously?