Summer News Letter, part 1
Beginning January 1, 2007 all travelers to and from North and South America,the Caribbean and Bermuda will be required to have a valid passport or other accepted document that establishes the bearer’s identity and nationality to enter or re-enter the United States. This includes U.S. Citizens.
This means you will no longer be able to use a birth certificate as proof of citizenship when traveling to Mexico, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Central America, etc. This applies to travel by air or cruise ship.
If you are flying or cruising for the holidays and will return to the U.S. after 12/31/06, you will need a passport.
For more information about applying for a passport, U.S. citizens may visit travel.state.gov or call the National Passport Information Center toll free at 1-877-4USA-PPT or TDD/TYY: 1-888-874-7793.
Foreign nationals should contact their respective governments to obtain passports. Beat the rush and apply now! Passports are valid for 10 years.