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Are You Ready for the New Passport Requirements?



Article  
Are You Ready for the New Passport Requirements?
[4/16/2007]

Source: TSA

For the second part of the initiative, to be phased in by January 1, 2008, all persons,


including U.S. citizens, traveling between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda by land or sea (including ferries), may be required to present a valid passport or other documents as determined by the Department of Homeland Security. While recent legislative changes permit a later deadline, the Departments of State and Homeland Security are working to meet all requirements as soon as possible. Ample advance notice will be provided to enable the public to obtain passports or passport cards for land/sea entries.


 


WHAT ARE THE ACCEPTABLE DOCUMENTS?


 


The following documents fulfill requirements:


 


- U.S. Passport: U.S. citizens may present a valid U.S. passport when traveling via air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda, and may also use a U.S. passport when traveling via sea and land borders (including ferry crossings). 


- The Passport Card (also referred to as the PASS Card): This limited use passport in card format is currently under development and will be available for use for travel only via land or sea (including ferries) between the U.S. passport when traveling via sea and land borders (including ferry crossings).


- The Passport Card (also referred to as the PASS Card): This limited use passport in card format is currently under development and will be available for use for travel only via land or sea (including ferries) between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. Similar in size to a credit card, it will fit easily into a wallet.


- The following documents will continue to be acceptable for their current travel uses: NEXUS, and the U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Document (MMD).


 


ARE THERE ANY EXCEPTIONS TO THE PASSPORT REQUIREMENT?


Members of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty traveling on orders will continue to be exempt from the passport requirement.


The passport requirement does NOT apply to U.S. citizens traveling to or returning directly from a U.S. territory. U.S. citizens returning directly from a U.S. territory are not considered to have left the United States and do not need to present a passport. U.S. territories include: Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Swains Island, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.


 


WHERE CAN I GET PASSPORT INFORMATION?


The Passport Services Office provides information and services to American citizens about how to obtain, replace or change a passport. Visit their website for all the details http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html.


 


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