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Travelling with your baby when your surname is different...

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LillyTheMinx Tue 16-Aug-11 22:35:05

I am still with my DP, but we are not married. We were travelling back home on the Eurostar today and to cut a long story short, I was told by border control that if I ever travelled with my DD, without DP I should take her birth certificate with me because our surnames are different. Just wondered if anyone has had problems with this.

Graciescotland Tue 16-Aug-11 22:45:37

My surname is different in my passport (I got a new one just before I got married and I refuse to fork out<tight>) I've had a few queries but only to ask if DS is mine. Only ever at Dutch border control come to think of it. I think the birth certificate thing is advisable rather than enforcable IYSWIM.

TBH I'm sure if they were to run a check then your name/ passport number would be quickly confirmed from her original application.

Sometimes giving people a position of power (border control) can cause them to overstep boundaries...

Knackeredmother Tue 16-Aug-11 22:50:20

I asked a customs officer about this as I'm in the same position. He told me they would never ask for a birth certificate. However, I have heard lots of people advise taking one.

LillyTheMinx Wed 17-Aug-11 07:20:52

Thanks for the feedback. It felt as though he was asserting his authority, but I just thought I would check to see what experience other people had had.

HerdOfTinyElephants Wed 17-Aug-11 07:24:53

I've never had a problem (it may help that DD1 looks like a clone of me while DS keeps up a constant "Mummy... Mummy... Mummy..." monologue), although I have heard of others on here doing so. IIRC Canada in particular tends to do extra checks when one parent is travelling alone with children.

TastyMuffins Wed 17-Aug-11 07:41:28

I've never had a problem. Think it is advised as a precaution in case there is ever a need to check.

EdithWeston Wed 17-Aug-11 07:56:07

I was asked about a DC with a non-matching surname for the first time last year. I think it's becoming more common.

My children are bigger, and a robust answer "of course that's mummy" from a clearly unconcerned child was sufficient. But if your children are not yet talking (either at all, or confidently to strangers), then I would take the extra documentation.

Granard Wed 17-Aug-11 12:48:39

This happened to me recently when I landed at a UK airport. First time ever and my DD is 10. The guy (who looked about 10 himself) asked what relation I was to the child and then asked her if that was correct!

snowwombat Wed 17-Aug-11 21:22:58

I had this at Heathrow last year, travelling with DS (1 year). I travel on a non-EU passport and DS has a British one, as well as different surnames, so I don't know if this made us more 'suspicious' to border control.

I have always travelled with a copy of his birth certificate, and a letter from DH as a precaution and was very pleased to be able to show these. Don't get me started on the whole 'permission' from a parent issue.

Can border control look up the details of a child's parents from their passport? Would make life much simpler.

exexpat Wed 17-Aug-11 21:31:35

I've been asked many times in various countries whether my two DCs are mine: they have their dad's surname, though my surname as a middle name; DH died several years ago so they are always travelling just with me. I now carry their birth certificates as a precaution, but the only time I have actually had to produce them for inspection was on Eurostar returning to the UK - perhaps they are particularly keen on checking?

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