Do your kids have a passport? No? Why?
A passport is an official document issued by a government, certifying the holder’s identity and citizenship and entitling them to travel under its protection to and from foreign countries. A Passport, however, is different from a Visa, while a Passport is an official document issued to a country’s citizens for international travel and identification while a Visa is an endorsement placed on a passport granting the holder official permission to enter, leave or stay in a country for a specified period. Why then should your child own a passport?
According to the words a popular editor of National Geographic Traveler, Keith Bellows; “The passport is the new diploma,” he said this during a gathering at the TMS Family Travel Conference in Niagara Falls, NY while speaking to nearly 50 influential family travel writers and bloggers who had gathered this past weekend from around the country and Canada.
The world is changing, it is becoming ever more essential to reach beyond one’s confines. In this globalized era, it has never been more important to show children that the world exists beyond their neighbourhoods — and perhaps their comfort zones. That’s why people are all so passionate about family travel.
If you want to visit another country, then you’ll most definitely need a passport, your children will also be needing Passports. The mistake most people make, however, is that they feel their children don’t or won’t be needing passports till they are about to travel or when the need for a means of identification arises like let’s say it’s an employment requirement or the opening of a bank account. Which most times are always a muddled process as it’s not always a straightforward process.
In Nigeria, from the period of applying for a passport to the collection day, usually takes about 3 weeks or more and that is if complications do not occur during the process. Although the official period is within 7 days that is if you’re lucky.
With all this stress, it is no wonder some parents simply don’t bother. But the question is… does your child need a passport even if you don’t have a trip planned?
The usual layman’s answer is usually no, but some experts beg to differ.