Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Forum' started by Lthouseprincess, Feb 11, 2009.
I am cruising 11/7. Does my 7 year old need a passport or does the birth Cert still work?
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It would appear that the passport rules were extended but I believe that after June 1, 2009 all travelers will be required to present a valid U.S. passport. We obtained a passport for our daughter even though it wasn't required because it was much easier than a birth certificate and photo identification and we felt it was "better safe than sorry". The current information can be found at travel.state.gov.
Hope this helps
I agree with better safe than sorry... it's worth it to have a formal piece of ID for her
Officially from the Department of State website.
On paper, a birth certificate is all that is needed.
I would never, however travel to a foreign country with a child without a Passport.
Here's why. 20 years ago, long before the September 11th attacks and resulting crackdown on ID during international travel, we traveled to Canada with our then 2 year old with just a birth certificate. Canadian customs in Calgary lectured us on how without a photo ID there was no way they knew weather this was my child, or if my wife and I were kidnapping a Canadian 2 year old!!! By the way, I had a letter from the Canadian consulate in San Francisco saying the birth certificate was all we needed. If I faced that kind of hassle with Canada, I could only imagine what issues I could face with other foreign countries. Never had an issue since we got the kids Passports.
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