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Old 04-20-2007, 08:47 AM
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I got my bc from my mom the other day and it is a copy but it has the seal on it. Will this work or do I need to try and rush a passport to myself
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Old 04-20-2007, 08:49 AM
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If it is a certified copy, and has a raised seal, you should be fine. I would definitely secure a passport as soon as you can, it makes everything much easier.
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Old 04-20-2007, 08:52 AM
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It kind of depends on when you sail. As it sounds, you might want to go to the county offices to see if you can get the certified copy.

Passports take some time but I did hear of an abbreviated process for a few more bucks.

This year you can still travel on a birth certificate by sea, but if you were to get stranded for some reason, you will have difficulty since all international flights require passports.
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Old 04-20-2007, 09:36 AM
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I agree with Penny wholeheartedly!! Get a passport...easy...no muss...no fuss...not expensive and it's stops all the hassle. I can only imagine what I would have done if I would have been denied cruise boarding because of my birth certificate!!
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Old 04-20-2007, 09:12 PM
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I agree, the passport is the way to go. How long until the cruise?
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Old 04-24-2007, 06:25 AM
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I believe you need a passport now you can’t use your birth certificate…
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Old 04-24-2007, 06:34 AM
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Technically you can sail with a BC but flying internationally requires a passport so it makes the best sense to get the passport in case one misses a sailing in a foreign port etc.

This all changes in January 2008 when all international travel requires a passport.

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Old 04-24-2007, 06:51 AM
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Thanks for the update Chef Ken I didn’t know you can use it at cruise lines and believe me is good news I was planning to take a 5 days cruise with my nephew and he does not have passport so I will have that option now because it’s getting difficult to get one in time…

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Old 04-24-2007, 07:13 AM
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Take the b/c me and the hubby only had birth certificates no problems... just don't miss the boat... then you have a problem.
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