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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:32 pm 
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At what age do children need passports for entry to and from Aruba? Thanks


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:34 pm 
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All Americans, even newborn babies, need passports to get into any other country.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:36 pm 
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Infant on up...

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Does my baby need a passport?
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Yes. Every U.S. citizen — including infants — needs a valid passport to enter and leave most foreign countries. The U.S. Department of State issues passports.

Unfortunately, applying for a first-time passport has become more stringent and complicated in recent years. No first-time passport applications are accepted by mail. As a parent or legal guardian, you must apply in person on your baby's behalf and you must bring your child with you when you apply.

If your child has two parents or legal guardians, both must be present to sign the passport application. If both can't be present, you'll need a notarized Statement of Consent signed by the absent parent or guardian.

If you're the sole parent — the other one is deceased or you have sole legal authority over your child — you'll need to provide evidence of that. If you can't prove you're the sole parent or for any reason can't get your child's other parent to sign the Statement of Consent, you'll have to explain why in the Special Circumstances box on the statement.

You can apply for a first-time passport at any of 9,000 or so passport acceptance facilities across the country, including many post offices, libraries, local government offices, and courts. Call ahead or check online to make sure the facility is accepting passport applications on the day you want to go in.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel abroad within two weeks, or you need a foreign visa, you can visit one of 14 regional passport centers. These operate by appointment only; call (877) 487-2778 for an appointment.

You can pick up an application form at many passport acceptance facilities. To make things a bit easier, download the application form and fill it out before you go in (just don't sign it beforehand).

When applying, you'll need documentation that proves your baby's citizenship as well as your own identity and relationship to your baby.

Bring your child's government-issued certified U.S. birth certificate with you. It should have a registrar's seal and signature and have been filed within a year of his birth. The names of both parents or guardians (if there are two) must be on it.

If your baby doesn't have such a certificate — if he was born in a different country, for example — or both parents' or guardians' names aren't on it, you'll need alternate documentation. (Your baby doesn't need a Social Security number to apply for a passport.)

You and any other parent or guardian who appears must also have valid photo identification, such as a driver's license or current U.S. or foreign passport.

You'll also need two regulation passport photos of your baby. Be sure to have these taken at a photo shop or facility familiar with passport photo specifications. The identical 2-inch-square color photos must be recent (within six months) and meet other specific criteria — for example, your baby's eyes and hairline must be visible.

Even payment procedures can be complex. The total cost of a passport for children under age 16 is $82. But if you apply at a local passport acceptance facility, you'll need to divide the payment between the U.S. State Department ($52) and the acceptance facility ($30). Not all facilities accept all forms of payment, so to avoid any hassles, call ahead of time or get payment information online.

Apply as far in advance of your travel date as you can. Allow at least six weeks to receive the passport in the mail — longer in summer. (Two-week expedited service is available for an additional $60.) When the passport arrives, print your baby's name and then sign your own name (with relationship in parentheses) on the signature line.

Passports for children under age 16 are good for five years. The bad news is that you'll have to go through pretty much the same process when it's time to renew your child's passport — apply in person, prove your relationship to your child, and so on. So hold on to all your documentation for the next go-round!

Finally, the U.S. State Department maintains a list of various countries' passport and visa requirements. These can change, so check with the embassy or consulate of the country you want to visit before you travel.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:59 am 
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I used to travel on my mom's passport before I got my own when I first travelled alone. Things must have changed.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 2:32 pm 
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Thanks so much Linda!


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