I recently collected my two young grandsons from England and brought them over for the summer holidays. The eldest of the two had been to Tunisia on 2 separate occasions and we had never had any problems at the airport, so I didn't anticipate any this time. How wrong I was, when we arrived the check in assistant asked if the boys were his children as he wasn't travelling with us. He explained that they were our grandsons and that you could see in their passports the date they had entered Tunisia for their holiday from the UK. We were then told they could not travel as they were Tunisian children and they could not leave the country without their fathers consent. Both of the boys have a Tunisian surname, blond hair and blue eyes and look nothing like Tunisians, their father took my husbands name after we had been married a number of years. We explained this but they still said no, we asked to speak to the airline representative who had never heard of grandparents with children being stopped before. We were then advised to wait and speak to the Chief of Police, who came a while later, all the while the clock was ticking and the flight was on time. We explained our situation to the Chief of Police and after about 30 minutes of walking around the airport and calling different people he agreed to let us fly. Relievedwe went to customs control and were told again that we could not leave the country. By this time I was beginning to panic as the flight left in 30 minutes, I tried to explain that they both had British passports and lived in England, this was his reply to me “shut up, when I want you to speak I will tell your husband, get you embassy and tell them I am not letting you leave the airport”, At this point I just burst into tears, another man lead me into a room, they were not impressed that I was upset in front of the other passengers. It was then agreed that if my husband signed a declaration stating that they were allowed to leave the country and was finger printed they would let us go. We made the flight with about 2 minutes to spare. The requirements in the future is a signed letter by the father of the children, although with the countries love of stamps I guess it would need it stamping. I am not sure how you would get it stamped in England but that will be next years project.