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American baby to Europe - any forms need completing on plane?

Old Jul 24th 2011, 10:22 pm
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Default American baby to Europe - any forms need completing on plane?

Mrs tonrob asked me about this today - never thought of it before but thought I'd check with you lot:

We're taking the Sproutlet to Europe next month - specifically Germany but changing at Heathrow. The Sproutlet is British and German by descent and American by birth, and will be carrying an American passport (only).

As she is entering using an American passport, will I need to help her fill out any forms, landing cards etc.? (The kind of stuff whose existence my brain would have just filtered out on any previous flights to Europe as they wouldn't have applied to me). She will be seven months old so will only chew the corners if left to complete them alone.

FYI - We will probably (but not definitely) stay airside at Heathrow if that matters.

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Old Jul 24th 2011, 10:38 pm
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As they hand out landing cards, they'll ask first if you need them, but you can just tell the flight attendant "we don't need them but our son is traveling on a US passport". The flight attendant will hand you the forms needed based on the passport you indicate.

If you are just staying airside, I'm not sure if you need a landing card.

p.s. if you are traveling with only one parent, the airline may ask to see a letter authorizing you to go overseas from the other parent. Not sure if that is the case but thought I'd mention as some airlines are stricter than others on this point.
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Default Re: American baby to Europe - any forms need completing on plane?

Originally Posted by penguinsix View Post
p.s. if you are traveling with only one parent, the airline may ask to see a letter authorizing you to go overseas from the other parent. Not sure if that is the case but thought I'd mention as some airlines are stricter than others on this point.
In the Western countries, this is more common in Canada than anywhere else (and isn't mandated by law, just part of the unwritten culture).

Use this resource:
http://www.delta.com/planning_reserv...tion/index.jsp

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Default Re: American baby to Europe - any forms need completing on plane?

Originally Posted by tonrob View Post
FYI - We will probably (but not definitely) stay airside at Heathrow if that matters.

Cheers m'dears.
If she stays airside at Heathrow none there. If she decides to go landside at Heathrow, all people not using an EU passport will need a landing card. Landing cards are in the immigration hall so if she decides after getting off the aircraft not a problem.
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Default Re: American baby to Europe - any forms need completing on plane?

Originally Posted by JAJ View Post
In the Western countries, this is more common in Canada than anywhere else (and isn't mandated by law, just part of the unwritten culture).

Use this resource:
http://www.delta.com/planning_reserv...tion/index.jsp
I have travelled multiple times with my daughter but without my husband. She had visited 10 countries by the time she was 2 (sadly she won't remember them!) Anyway, the ONLY time I have ever been asked for the letter was last month when I flew to London via Montreal.

The immigration dude let me through but told me I should have a letter. Out of interest, do they expect this letter to be notarized or somehow prove that I just didn't write it myself?
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Default Re: American baby to Europe - any forms need completing on plane?

Thanks for the replies. We'll both be traveling. Just worried about dozing off and missing out on some form that we'll be required to produce later.
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