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Daughter taking train to France with Grandpa, what is required?

Hi, I was hoping somebody could help. Our daughter is taking a train from Switzerland to France with her grandfather. She is 7 years old. Our daughter is a US citizen with a Swiss B permit. The grandfather is a Canadian national here visiting. Do we need some sort of notarized letter or other document from the parents stating the grandfather has permission to take her across the border? As a side note, we will be joining them in France later that night (probably not useful information).

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Old 07.10.2012, 19:42
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Hi, I was hoping somebody could help. Our daughter is taking a train from Switzerland to France with her grandfather. She is 7 years old. Our daughter is a US citizen with a Swiss B permit. The grandfather is a Canadian national here visiting. Do we need some sort of notarized letter or other document from the parents stating the grandfather has permission to take her across the border? As a side note, we will be joining them in France later that night (probably not useful information).

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Always a good idea and for treadment ,Hospital and or doc. in chase she needs it
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Re: Daughter taking train to France with Grandpa, what is required?

Probably not a bad idea to have her health insurance card - or at least a photocopy of both sides ..... just in case.
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Re: Daughter taking train to France with Grandpa, what is required?

You don't NEED anything, but it's nice to have as others have mentioned in case of illness or accident.

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Re: Daughter taking train to France with Grandpa, what is required?

They'll probably need pepper spray...
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Re: Daughter taking train to France with Grandpa, what is required?

Thanks all. I will have copies of her insurance information. Crossing the border from the US to Canada with grandparents, a notarized letter from both parents was required. It was asked for at the border crossing. They also asked questions to our daughter if only one of us was crossing the border with her. "is this your dad?" "Where are you going?".
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Hi, I was hoping somebody could help. Our daughter is taking a train from Switzerland to France with her grandfather. She is 7 years old.

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The SBB offers free rides for kids younger than 17 years accompanied by a parent or grandparent if you go abroad. Ask at your local train station. I have done it lots of times with my kids, where I paid for the ticket and they both traveled for free with me.
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The SBB offers free rides for kids younger than 17 years accompanied by a parent or grandparent if you go abroad. Ask at your local train station. I have done it lots of times with my kids, where I paid for the ticket and they both traveled for free with me.
Another thing to know, if your father is going to be around a bit (or visit frequently) is that you can get a "grandparents card" similar to the regular Junior Karte - so that, for 30 francs a year, your child can travel free (in Switzerland) as long as they're with one of their grandparents who has a valid ticket for themselves (as long as that grandparent was 'registered' when the card was bought). The Junior Karte works the same way with parents ...
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Re: Daughter taking train to France with Grandpa, what is required?

With our kids we send:
- permit
- passport
- medical card.
** and we keep copies of all these at home, and a spare copy to be carried separately by the grandparents...

Plus a letter stating that our child x is travelling with their grandparent 'y' (and we include the name of the person as well as the name the kids use for their grandparent).... and giving our contact details - home phone, home address, mobile phone numbers, emails.

It's not 'required' but it's handy to have in case there is any confusion.

When the grandparents/parents have the same family name, it seems to be easier - once it's an 'unrelated' name from the child, it's more likely to raise questions.
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