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Does my son need a passport for a school trip to Canada, if he is a military dependent?

by Jacque
(FT. Drum, NY, US)

Question: My son has a school trip to Montreal, Canada. He has his military ID. The passport department at Ft. Drum said he doesn't need one as long as he is with his school. I want to make sure that my child will be allowed back into the States.


Answer: The person with whom you spoke at your Ft. Drum informed you correctly. Children under sixteen need only present proof of U.S. citizenship such as a U.S. birth certificate, naturalization certificate, or expired U.S. passport in order to enter Canada.

When returning to the United States from Canada, U.S. citizens under the age of 16 (or under 19, if traveling with a school, religious, or other youth group) need only present a birth certificate (original, photocopy or certified copy), Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or naturalization certificate.

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