Passport & Consular Services

Can a child travel on his/her parents passport?

In many cases, it is not permissible for a child to travel on his or her parents’ passport. Most countries require that each individual, regardless of age, have their own passport for international travel. This is to ensure proper identification and adherence to immigration regulations.

Children, including infants and toddlers, are typically required to have their own passport when traveling internationally. The process of obtaining a passport for a child usually involves submitting specific documentation, such as the child’s birth certificate, parental consent forms, and passport application forms.

Some countries may allow infants to be listed on their parents’ passport for a limited period, usually when they are very young. However, this practice is becoming less common, and many countries now require infants to have their own passport.

It’s important to note that the passport requirements for children can vary between countries. Therefore, it’s advisable to check the specific passport regulations of the country you plan to visit or transit through, as well as the requirements of your home country, regarding passport issuance for children.

Traveling with a child’s own passport ensures compliance with immigration regulations, facilitates identification and entry processes, and helps safeguard the child’s personal information.

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