Passports: Do babies need their own UK child passport? Can they be on their parents?

Do babies have to have a UK passport to travel, or can they travel under their parents?

Yes. Every UK citizen must have their own passport in order to travel.

Parents are not allowed to represent other members of the family with their passport, in latest guidelines.

Parents can apply for a passport for their child if  they are under 16, with a child passport valid for five years.

How do you apply for your child’s first UK passport?

A child must have British nationality to be eligible for a British passport.

It costs £49 to apply online and £58.50 to apply with a paper form from the Post Office.

The UK passport office website states: “You need to give both parents’ details when you apply.

“If you cannot provide the other parent’s details, you need to say why (for example, you’re the only parent named on the birth certificate or you adopted the child on your own).”

Do families who have children with different surnames need to take additional documents when they travel?

Passengers travelling abroad with offspring with different surnames on their passports have been issued a stark warning about their ability to head overseas.

In the most extreme circumstances, the adults leading the blended family could see themselves embroiled in a “child abduction case” according to a family lawyer.

Lawyer (Lawyer) David Connor told the Chronicle unmarried parents, and those who were divorced, who were at most risk of falling foul of the regulations, and could even be refused permission to fly without the correct documents.

He said: “(“)For separated families, you’ll need evidence of approval from your child’s other parent, but remember to seek approval from everyone with parental responsibility – this may include grandparents too.

“You’ll also need a copy of any Child Arrangement Order which proves you have court approval to take the child abroad.

How will Brexit affect UK passport validity?

The ongoing Brexit situation – this being the UK’s separation from the EU – is still ongoing.

Prime Minister Theresa May has applied for an Article 50 extension from the EU, which has been granted, until May 22 at the very latest, should MPs in the House of Commons approve her withdrawal agreement.

Yet Mrs May admitted on Monday she did not have the backing for a third meaningful vote on her EU divorce deal.

Last month, reported how millions of travellers were left panicked, after speculation passports could potentially be rendered invalid in light of a no deal Brexit.

The UK Passport office’s official site subsequently crashed as worried travellers sought to make sure their document was fit for travel.

It has now been confirmed, should a no deal Brexit occur, Britons will need to have at least three months validity on their passports beyond the end of their trip.


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