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Can a newborn baby travel to another country with only a birth certificate instead of a passport and visa?

by Gayathri
(Fords, NJ, USA)

Question: I have a 1-month-old baby. I need to travel to India and will be back within 3 months. Can I take my baby without a passport? Instead of a passport, can I take her birth certificate for identification?


Answer: All U.S. citizens who travel to India must possess a current, valid passport (including infants) with a valid India visa stamped in it. You CANNOT take your baby to India using the birth certificate as identification.

You can access the instructions for obtaining a U.S. passport for a child by clicking the link below.

How to Get a Passport for a Child

For information on getting a visa, click the link below.

How to Get a Visa to India

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Baby shares different name with mum
by: Junior

Question: Please my baby carries the father surname not my own surname name as it on my passport. Can I still travel with him to meet his father in Canada. Thanks.

Answer: Yes, you can travel with your child to Canada. If he does not have a passport yet, you may bring his birth certificate instead. As long as your name on his birth certificate and the name on your passport match, there should be no issue.


I'm the only parent on my son's birth certificate
by: Anonymous

Question: I want to travel out of the U.S with my 3 year old son. He has his U.S passport. But I'm only on his birth certificate not the father. Also my son has my last name not his fathers. What if I dont know where his father is or have any contact with him. I can not travel with my son then without his consent? What can I do then?

Answer: Airlines and countries have different rules about one parent traveling with a minor child. Please contact the airline and the embassies of the countries you plan to visit for answers to your question.

Emergency passport to travel abroad.
by: Aliyah ledesma

Question: I have a one-month-old baby. She need to undergo immediate operation in Canada due of her critical situation, as the doctor said. Does she need a passport or visa to travel abroad?

Answer: A passport is required for international travel by air. A visa may be required. For information about travel to Canada, visit the Canada Border Services Agency.

Constitution of India does NOT allow dual citizenship
by: gayathri

Despite all the news coverage and excitement over this issue, please understand clearly that the Constitution of India does NOT allow dual citizenship, i.e., holding Indian citizenship and citizenship of a foreign country simultaneously.

Government of India decided to grant Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) which most people mistakenly refer as 'dual citizenship'. Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) of certain category who migrated from India and acquired citizenship of a foreign country other than Pakistan and Bangladesh, are eligible for grant of OCI as long as their home countries allow dual citizenship in some form or the other under their local laws.

If you get OCI, it is NOT same as being regular Indian citizen:

You do not get Indian passport.

No voting rights.

Can not be candidate for Lok Sabha/Rajya Sabha/Legislative Assembly/Council

Can not hold constitutional posts such as President, Vice President, Judge of Supreme Court/High Court etc.

Cannot normally hold employment in the Government.

As OCI, you get following benefits:
Multiple entry, multi-purpose life long visa to visit India;

Exemption from reporting to Police authorities for any length of stay in India; and

Parity with NRIs in financial, economic and educational fields except in the acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.

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