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Please Read Carefully!

These are excerpts from the Dept. of State website. You should read the full details in the links provided.

TO PLAY IT SAFE, TAKE YOUR PASSPORT!

From the U.S. Deprtment of State Website (March 13, 2008)

LAND AND SEA TRAVEL
The following summarizes information available on the Department of Homeland Security’s website.

  • CURRENTLY: 
    U.S. citizens need to present either (a) a passport, passport card (available in spring 2008), or WHTI-compliant document; or (b) a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, along with proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate.

  • LATER:
    As early as June 1, 2009, the U.S. government will implement the full requirements of the land and sea phase of WHTI.  The proposed rules require most U.S. citizens entering the United States at sea or land ports of entry to have a passport, passport card, or WHTI-compliant document

Note: The passport requirement does NOT apply to U.S. citizens traveling to or returning directly from a U.S. territory

ENTRY/EXIT REQUIREMENTS:  All Americans traveling to and from the United States by air must have a passport. The passport requirement will be extended to sea travel, except on cruises originating and ending at the same point in the United States, as early as summer 2008.   U.S. citizens who are returning from the Cayman Islands by sea, and who are not subject to the passport requirement, may present government-issued photo identification and a document showing their U.S. citizenship (for example, a birth certificate or certificate of nationalization). Further information on upcoming changes to U.S. passport policy can be found on the Bureau of Consular Affairs web site at: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html. We strongly encourage all American citizen travelers to apply for a U.S. passport well in advance of anticipated travel. American citizens can visit travel.state.gov or call 1-877-4USA-PPT (1-877-487-2778) for information on how to apply for their passports.