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Old January 7th, 2007, 08:05 AM
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There will be 3 children (5 yrs 6 and 14 ) with us on our cruise. Adults have passports - what do the kids need ?
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Our kids got passports also, it was easier in the long run.

This will be our second cruise and we'll take them with us again (the kids and passports) for documentation. The first time we cruised the kids were 3 and 6, we'll just update theirs every 5 yrs.
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Birth Certificates should be fine but keep in mind that as of right now any travel by sea after the end of 2007 will require a passport for everybody. I think it would be easier to just get them now and that way you will be set for now and for the future as well.
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As the others have suggested passports will be the best option. We plan on getting htem for ours kids( 14 years and 22 months) If you use the birth certificate make sure it has a raised seal on it and is not a photocopy
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If you use the birth certificate make sure it has a raised seal on it and is not a photocopy
The raised seal thing is not necessary. There are other forms of authentication that are 100% acceptable.

I thought we put this raised seal thing to bed months ago?
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Our kids got passports also, it was easier in the long run.

This will be our second cruise and we'll take them with us again (the kids and passports) for documentation. The first time we cruised the kids were 3 and 6, we'll just update theirs every 5 yrs.
Agreed. Passports make it much easier in the long run if you plan on travelling with your kids and plan on leaving the country.
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Hi RM2,

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The raised seal thing is not necessary. There are other forms of authentication that are 100% acceptable.
This is correct. As long as you have a state issued BC (NOT a hospital BC) you'll be fine.

BUT, I'd still suggest you go ahead and get passports for the children. It makes things so much easier, and this way they'll only need to renew their passports when they start traveling on their own (which they will!).
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get them passports. With the new laws they can sail without a passport until the end of 2007 (i belive) but if you have to fly home from any foreign country they will need a passport. If its an emergeny you will have to get some sort of emergency documentation from the US Embassy.
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They won't acutally need passports to cruise until Jan. 2008, this quote came from the passport website. But passports are the best way.



As early as January 1, 2008, ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda by land or sea (including ferries), may be required to present a valid passport or other documents as determined by the Department of Homeland Security. While recent legislative changes permit a later deadline, the Departments of State and Homeland Security are working to meet all requirements as soon as possible. Ample advance notice will be provided to enable the public to obtain passports or passport cards for land/sea entries.
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