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In many countries outside the European Union (EU), your child needs a passport upon entry. A child's passport can be the right document for your child. The children's passport does not contain an electronic storage medium (chip), so no fingerprints are collected for the application. The children's passport is recognised worldwide and is valid for one year. It may be extended for a further 12 months at a time, but not more than the age of 12. Children 12 years and older will need an ID card or passport, depending on the destination. In some countries (e.g. the USA), visa-free entry can only be made with an electronic passport. If you wish to enter with a child passport, you will also need a visa in these cases. Note: Children's passports issued before 01.01.2021 will remain valid until the printed validity date.

To apply, you will need the following documents: old child's passport, children's passport or passport (if any) or child's birth certificate, identity cards or passports of parents or guardians, if only one person can appear in person; declaration of consent and copy of the identity card of the absent guardian, Custody decision, negative certificate from the Youth Office in the case of single parents or final divorce judgment a current photo in passport format (45 x 35 mm), portrait, frontal shot without edge, without headgear and without covering the eyes (biometry-suitable photo). Your child must be present in person when applying for the child's passport for identity verification.


Preconditions
The requirements for applying for a child's passport are: Your child is a German national. Your child must be younger than 12 years old. Your child must be present in person when applying for the child's passport The application must be made by the legal representative (usually both parents if they are married to each other).

Hints
Detailed travel and security advice for all countries can be found in the online offer of the Foreign Office. There you will find out under "Entry requirements for German nationals", for which countries a passport is required and for which countries a child passport is sufficient. The children's passport does not contain an electronic storage medium (chip). However, some countries, such as .B to the United States, can only enter without a visa if the passport contains a chip; a normal passport is required for the child to enter the country without a visa. If you plan to enter with a child passport, a visa is required.

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Last update or date of publication
19.02.2021