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Q&A by Ilona Kauremszky


Q: Could you provide me with some resources that I can consult for a trip abroad? My husband and I will be traveling with my grandson (age 5) on a vacation and I’d like to know what kind of documents I need.

A: Travel with or by children should be planned carefully to ensure everyone's safety. Make sure you and your grandson leave home with proper identification. It is important to make sure that you have all of the appropriate documents when travelling with a child as well as to be aware of any regulations and conditions that may affect your trip.

Canadian children must have their own passport. Consular Affairs, which is a part of the Foreign Affairs Department, has set up a handy checklist regarding travelling with children.

For more details visit www.voyage.gc.ca and click on the link, “Children and Travel.” In addition, Passport Canada provides some valuable information on travel documents for children.

For more details, visit http://www.ppt.gc.ca/ and click on the “Frequently Asked Questions” FAQ link until you reach the section on children.

Other sections for required reading include the Travel Tips section entitled “Travelling With Children,” as well as the Travel Documents section titled “Travel Documents for children.”


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