Passports Are Now Required for All Air Travel to the U.S.
All travelers entering or re-entering the United States by air from Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America, the Caribbean or Bermuda are now required to present a valid passport or other identification approved by the U.S. Government. This requirement does not apply to U.S. citizens traveling to or returning directly from a U.S. territory, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
It is anticipated that beginning January 1, 2008 (this deadline may get pushed back), the requirement also will apply to all travelers entering or re-entering the U.S. by land or sea.
For more information and to review acceptable forms of identification, visit the U.S. Department of State’s Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative Web page.
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Note: United States citizens traveling between the U.S. and its territories, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands will continue to be able to use established forms of identification (e.g., state issued driver's license) to board flights and for entry.
Why get a passport now?
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Who does the new law affect?
*               The wait time – currently up to six weeks – could increase as the number of applications grows
*               Now there is a “rush option” for an extra fee, but high volume could affect availability
*               Gain travel flexibility ... the ability to visit countries worldwide
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You can also call the U.S. National Passport Center at 1-877-4USA-PPT (1-877-487-2778).
*               U.S. citizens traveling to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Bermuda and Panama
*               Citizens of Canada, Mexico and Bermuda, who will need a passport for U.S. entry for the first time