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DON'T WAIT!!!! AVOID THE YEAR END RUSH..GET YOUR PASSPORT NOW!!!!

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New Passport Initiative Announced, April 6, 2005


Here's the press release from Homeland Security:
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html


It states:

"The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 requires that by January 1, 2008, travelers to and from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama, Mexico and Canada have a passport or other secure, accepted document to enter or re-enter the United States.  In order to facilitate the implementation of this requirement, the Administration is proposing to complete it in phases following a proposed timeline, which will be published in the Federal Register in the near future.

This is a change from prior travel requirements and will affect all United States citizens entering the United States from countries within the Western Hemisphere who do not currently possess valid passports.   This new requirement will also affect certain foreign nationals who currently are not required to present a passport to travel to the United States.  Most Canadian citizens, citizens of the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda, and to a lesser degree, Mexican citizens will be affected by the implementation of this requirement."

Their FAQ section states:

When will the Travel Initiative be implemented?

"In the proposed implementation plan, which is subject to a period of initial public comment, the Initiative will be rolled out in phases, providing as much advance notice as possible to the affected public to enable them to meet the terms of the new guidelines.   The proposed timeline will be as follows:

  • December 31, 2006 – Requirement applied to all air and sea travel to or from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda.
  • December 31, 2007 – Requirement extended to all land border crossings as well as air and sea travel."

 

  • How do I get a passport?

    United States citizens can visit the State Department’s travel website www.travel.state.gov, or call the U.S. National Passport Information Center: 1-877-4USA-PPT; TDD/TTY: 1-888-874-7793. 

    You should allow yourself a sufficient amount of time to apply and receive your passport in advance of travel.  Please allow 6 weeks for processing of your passport application if you apply from inside the U.S.  If you need to travel urgently and require a passport sooner, please visit http://www.travel.state.gov for additional information. Overseas passport processing times vary; you should contact the closest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for specific information.

    Peak domestic passport processing is between January and July.  For faster service, we recommend applying between August and December.

    Foreign nationals should contact their respective governments to obtain passports.

    Other than a passport, what types of documents will be acceptable under this initiative?

    The passport is the document of choice right now because of security features and general availability.  Individuals traveling within the Western Hemisphere are encouraged to obtain a passport. 

     

     

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