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Old 03-27-2010, 07:57 PM
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I booked a cruise that begins and ends at Long Beach, CA and includes three stops in Mexico. We are taking our kids, ages 6 and 8. They don't need passports, if I read the requirements correctly.

Mexico Travel with children entry requirements - Do kids need a passport to travel to Mexico - Child entry requirements

However, is it worth the $85 each to have some more official documentation, or if we need to fly home because of an emergency? Plus everything I read concerns re-entry into the US. It doesn't say if only having birth certificates would present difficulties entering Mexican ports.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-28-2010, 04:03 AM
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I'd go ahead and get passports nowadays, just to have- if you can afford them. Won't hurt anything to have them and you'd never have these questions or wonder if you should.

I've cruised many times with my children and passports weren't needed and fortunately no accidents where we had to fly home.
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Old 04-01-2010, 07:38 PM
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On "closed loop" cruises you do NOT need passports....their BC is fine.
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Old 04-05-2010, 06:53 PM
Location: Talmadge, San Diego, CA
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If you want to get off the ship, you must have a passport, and for everyone. You can get a passport card that cost much less than a passport, but it's not valid in Europe.
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Old 04-05-2010, 07:57 PM
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I agree with everyone here -- may as well get them a passport now. The laws are changing so rapidly that you should need it sooner than later. And personally, I'd rather be carrying a passport than a Birth certificate (which has a lot more sensitive information on it than a Passport.)
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