Has anyone traveled to Canadia from the US with an infant lately? My wife and I have passports (my wife also has an expired Canadian passport!) but we won’t be able to get our little Olive a passport in time for the trip. Will a regular birth certificate suffice?
(I know the answer is somewhere out there on the internets, but they change the rules so often that I would rather hear it from someone who crossed the border recently).
Yea, have the birth certificate. I went through the Canadian border with a child before the passport crackdown. I got pulled over and they were trying to wake the kid up to ask him if I was his father.
Apparently, the problem is custody battles and the immigration officials are on to it. If you and the mother are traveling together with legitimate passports and you have the kid’s birth certificate you will probably be OK. Just understand why the border patrol is checking. They are doing their job.
So to be clear, the birth certificate that I received in the mail from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene with the fancy colors and barcodes will not fly with the border people? Seriously?!
You should probably call the NYC Dept. of Health and ask if what you received from them is their certified form. Sounds like it is (but I’m not the one who is risking having to leave my baby at a Canadiaian orphanage if I’m wrong). What some people are describing as not good enough is a form that you get directly from the hospital, presumably when you’re discharged, that has no government certification.