My mother and I have different surnames so immigration officers often ask for a birth certificate. When leaving Russia, on Russian passports, the officer made a fuss that the certificate was laminated and not an original. Is this acceptable to travel with a laminated non-original copy? Do I need to take the original just in case?
When issuing the birth certificate, the guidance used to be to laminate it. Now, this guidance has been changed.
If you are a child, beware as when applying for a Russian internal passport this needs to be stamped. I had this issue today. I had to cut a bit of the laminate off so it could be stamped. The need for the birth certificate is eliminated when you are granted your internal passport.