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We are a Spanish couple planing a trip to London with our 9 yr old son next month. I assume there is a minimum age for which you need to have your own documents, but I am not sure what that might be, and can't seem to find it online.

I know you can travel using your national ID card, but in Spain you are not required to have one until you are 14 yr old.

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As far as. I can think, everyone who is traveling within the Schengen area needs some form of identification document, otherwise how can anyone verify whether they are a Schengen citizen or now? –  Aditya Somani Jul 26 at 1:30
    
@AdityaSomani It's not a travel within the Schengen area anyway. –  Relaxed Jul 26 at 7:26
    
Is the child mentioned in your passport? –  Relaxed Jul 26 at 7:39
    
@Relaxed: We have no passports, and won't pay 20€ each when carrying an ID card is enough :-) –  Diego Sánchez Jul 26 at 8:05
    
@Relaxed well I meant the EEA...same question still applies... –  Aditya Somani Jul 26 at 9:54

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Children do need some documentation in any case. In the past, children could also be included in their parents' passports but I think this is being phased out.

In fact, the requirements are often even more stringent for a child than for an adult because if the child does not appear to be yours (distinct surname), merely having a passport or ID card might not be enough. Similarly, in some countries, children leaving with only one of their parents might need an authorization from the other one.

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I feel a bit embarashed because I thought I had scanned the whole UK site, but somehow the reference to children slipped me. No problem with filiation, spanish Id cards carry both parents names and surnames match. –  Diego Sánchez Jul 26 at 8:06

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