Identification Documentation

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Waiting In Line Is Not For Kids

Trip Stages

Documents, Preparation, Flight

Trip Types

Family Vacation, Traveling with kids

Age Groups

Babies, Kids, Teens

World Regions

Time of Year

Any Time Of Year

When traveling with kids, make sure always to check the regulations of the countries you are traveling to. Some might require additional documents or paperwork when crossing the border.

Most times, a passport should be enough, but some countries require you to show your kid’s child certificate to prove you’re the child’s parent, especially when traveling without your child’s other parent.

Different countries may require different documents. For example:

  • Visa
  • Birth certificates
  • Copies of birth certificates
  • Notes from the child’s non-present parents
  • Other documents, especially if you travel with minors who are not your child


Frequently, the documents will need to be notarized and available in both English and your destination language.

You might have already been traveling to places that require special documents and passed border control without presenting anything. This doesn’t mean it will be the same the next time you travel there, so make sure you got what’s required.

Final Thoughts

It might be relevant to your country of origin. In that case, you don’t want to get caught without the documents you need to get your kids back home from vacation.

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