Post Last Modified – May 03, 2020
Preparing Travel Documents For Minors – What Is Needed
Many times travel documents for minors are often overlooked when planning a vacation. Speaking from past experience, planning a vacation with kids can be stressful at times, and some simple things like checking expiry dates on passports, can be easily overlooked.
You are responsible for your child’s documents and believe it or not, many people completely forget about them and end up in a mad panic and rush just before travel! 🙁
Take a moment well before leaving on your holiday and make sure all travel documents are valid and up to date.
If you miss anything, it could cause trip disruptions and/or cancellations all together. So be prepared and make sure everything is in order prior to travel.
Below is a quick video on 3 very important travel tips worth watching.
The video highlights three simple but very important tips for travel most anywhere. I especially agree that you must ensure that you and your family Traveling Safely Abroad at all times. This has always been priority one for us when taking our family holidays.
The video’s author listed her three main concerns …
➡ Personal Safety
Keeping Your Children’s Travel Documents In Order
It is vital that you are aware of the required documents necessary for each travel destination you are going to, especially when traveling to a foreign country. Included in your documentation should be …
➡ Visa (if required)
➡ Travel Insurance
➡ Complete Itinerary
What our family have done for many years now, is to include photocopies of our passports and other important identification. These should be packed separately from the originals. If you are stopping in a different country on the way to your final destination, you must have the documents necessary to enter that country as well.
I also scan and email our documents to me for safe keeping and easy access on the internet.
Photocopy Or Scan All Your Travel Documents
Just in case you do lose the originals, replacing them is much quicker and easier if you have photocopies with you. Today, valid passports are required for travel to most countries in the world.
Passports are by far the …
Preferred and internationally accepted evidence of identity and citizenship
Passports Must Be Valid Six Months Past Date Of Entry
Always make sure your passports are valid and up to date. Take them out and have a look months before your travel date. These requirements are now necessary for travel by land, sea and air!
It is also important to note that in the event of loss of a passport while traveling, that a passport can be replaced. Most other forms of travel documents cannot. 🙁
Travel Documents For Children Include Necessary Visas
Sample of a Canadian Visitors Visa
“Certificate issued or a stamp marked (on the applicant’s passport) by the immigration authorities of a country to indicate that the applicant’s credentials have been verified and he or she has been granted permission to enter the country for a temporary stay within a specified period. This permission, however, is provisional and subject to the approval of the immigration officer at the entry point.” BusinessDictionary.com
In many cases, a Travel Visa may be necessary for entering the country you are visiting. Even if you are heading away on one of those fantastic all inclusive family vacations, you may still need a required Visa in order to enter your chosen country.
Be sure to double check with your travel agent or with an official tourism website for the country you are visiting.
Obtaining a tourist visa is one of the documents most often overlooked, especially because so many people are booking travel on their own these days, online on the internet.
A qualified and reputable travel agent will often pass this vital travel information on to their clients when making travel arrangements for them.
Ensure all necessary travel documents are in order to avoid last minute panic and/or possible travel disruptions.
Stress Free Travel Having Travel Documents In Order
Traveling is so much more enjoyable and relaxing when all the necessary requirements for entry are taken care of well in advance of departure. Again, you are responsible for all the necessary travel documents for yourself and your children.
For more complete Passport information, I have also included two North American websites where you can obtain more complete information on documentation for travel.
One other very reputable website also has an article on documents for international travel with minors you may also be interested in reading. I have also included a link below to take you to that page.
In wrapping up, whether you’re planning that fabulous family cruise vacation or any other type of holiday abroad, it’s very important to have all the necessary documentation ready well before travel.
Safe and Healthy Travels! 🙂
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