|By Paul Galaspie on Friday, January 24, 2003 - 8:53 pm:|
I just wanted to confirm what I've seen elsewhere, specifically that it is ok to enter Bonaire from the USA using certified copies of birth certificates instead of passports.. at almost 90 bucks each, I am looking at spending close to 500 bucks to buy passports that I would rather avoid if possible!
|By Kay Powers on Sunday, January 26, 2003 - 11:44 am:|
Birth certificates with the raised seal on it will work.
|By scott and sharon barlass (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #201) on Sunday, January 26, 2003 - 4:08 pm:|
|By Jake Richter (Moderator - Post #3743) on Sunday, January 26, 2003 - 4:33 pm:|
And you need to provide picture ID from a governmental authority along with the birth certificates when going through immigration here and in the U.S. (although not for younger children - not sure what the age break on that is).
|By Lorraine Jameson (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #1) on Monday, January 27, 2003 - 8:52 am:|
Although it appears to be technically legal to enter the Netherlands Antilles with a birth certificate, about 2 years ago the airline gave me a major hassle because I didn't have a passport. They almost didn't allow me to board the plane and made me wait until they could reach someone at immigration in Curacao. Upon my return, the person at U.S. immigration also hassled me and told me I wouldn't be allowed to depart or return again without a passport. This was before September 11, 2001.
|By Susan Taft (BonaireTalker - Post #87) on Monday, January 27, 2003 - 8:14 pm:|
While having a birth certificate with raised seal and a government issued photo id is acceptable it has always seemed that the extra effort of getting a passport is worth it especially after reading some of the above posts. Keep in mind that a passport is good for ten years. I think it is five years for anyone under 18 but the cost is less.
|By Kay Powers (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #629) on Tuesday, January 28, 2003 - 3:18 am:|
Seven trips to Bonaire in the last five years and I have never had any problems with using my birth certificate along with government id. Last trip was 2/02.
|By JoEllyn Jablonski (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #5) on Tuesday, January 28, 2003 - 8:16 pm:|
We have traveled to the Carib. for many years, always using birth certificates and Id's. I did go and get passports for the trip to Bonaire this year,, we have been warned and advised by customs to get passports every trip since 911. We have always been able to complete the trips, but quite a hassle in last couple years. Passports are not required, but seem to really prefer people using them, and make it easier if do.
|By Paul Galaspie (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #6) on Sunday, February 2, 2003 - 3:14 am:|
Thank you to everyone who provided input on my questions. I believe I may get the passports for my wife and myself, and use the birth certificates for the 4 kids.
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