Passports to become mandatory for Czech children under the age of ten

From the year 2012, passports are going to become mandatory even for children under the age of ten, who to date were not required to carry a passport when travelling. Václav Klaus signed this change in law, implementing a decision by the European Parliament under which it will no longer be sufficient for children to be registered in their parents’ passports. The new measure is meant to cut down on child trafficking and kidnapping. As a part of the new legislation, children born in the European Union will also have the right to obtain their own electronic passport, which will allow them to travel within the Schengen zone without a paper passport.

Author: Sarah Borufka