Who Needs a Passport?

by History Maker 101

Yes, You Need A Passport!

As a citizen of any country, you need a passport to depart or to enter another foreign land. Even include short-term travel between some neighbouring countries like Germany to France and Nigeria to Ghana and some countries in the Caribbean.

Your travel agent or airline can tell you if you need a passport for the country that you plan to visit. The embassy or consulate of the country where you plan to travel can also advise you about its entry requirements.

Even if you are not required to have a passport to visit a foreign country, Some countries Immigration rules require you to prove your citizenship and identity to enter their country. Making sure that you take with you adequate documentation to pass through the border Immigration. An International Passport is the best proof of your citizenship.

Please Remember!

Other documents to prove your citizenship include an ID Card from your state, a certified copy of your birth certificate, a Certificate of Naturalization, a Certificate of Citizenship, or a Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States. To prove your identity, either a valid driver’s license or a government identification card that includes a photo or a physical description is adequate. Check for the latest requirements.

With the number of international child custody cases on the rise, several countries have instituted passport requirements to help prevent child abductions. For example, Mexico has a law that requires a child travelling alone, or with only one parent, or in someone else’s custody, to carry written, notarized consent from the absent parent or parents. No authorization is needed if the child travels alone and owns a U.S. passport.

A child travelling alone with a birth certificate requires written, notarized authorization from both parents.

Length of the application process

When to Apply, because of high demand for passports becomes heavy. You can avoid delays by applying as early as possible periods of high demand for passports occur. Apply several months in advance of your planned travel departure, whenever possible. If you need visas, allow additional time – approximately two months per visa.

Necessary application documents

Your first step toward obtaining a passport is to visit your country immigration office or fill out the Application Form for a Passport online if applicable before going to the nearest immigration office because you need to be present in person at the passport office.

Along with several other documents. You will need:

Proof of citizenship: A birth certificate, Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth, Certificate of Naturalization, or Certificate of Citizenship are all acceptable documents.

Other Photo ID’s You maybe require are:

A driver’s license, government-issued ID, military ID, Certificate of Naturalization, or previously issued passport (if you are applying for a new one) are all acceptable forms of ID.
Photocopy of front and back of photo ID
Passport photo
Passport fees

Beware of a Passport That Is About to Expire!

Certain countries will not permit you to enter and will not place a visa in your passport if the remaining validity is less than 6 months.

Since January 1981, family members are not permitted to be included in each other’s passports. Even newborn babies need their passports to travel.

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