Passport News

Passport update, Jan 1 2007 As of Jan 1, 2007, the U.S. has stepped up its entry requirements for U.S. citizens coming from Latin American and Caribbean countries, including Mexico – if you are traveling by air.Land-based entry – i.e. driving – is a different matter, and the U.S. State department has said it is not mandating passports for land entry from Mexico until Jan 1, 2008. Other non-passport solutions may also be implemented before this deadline, like a special passport-like card just for Mexican border entry.Right now the vast, vast majority of people drive to Rocky Point. With a rise in small-craft air travel and the coming international airport construction, however, flying to Puerto Peñasco is becoming more and more of a reality for the future. Thus you might want to consider getting a passport if you will be going to Rocky Point a lot after Jan 1, 2008.From: http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html Beginning January 23, 2007, ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda will be required to present a valid passport, Air NEXUS card, or U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Document, or an Alien Registration Card, Form I-551, if applicable. As early as 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. So, just to recap – if you are a U.S. Citizen going to Rocky Point – unless you are flying, you do not need a passport to do so until Jan 1 2008 – but you will need other forms of ID: a birth certificate, or a voter’s registration card, social security card, etc. So, just to recap – if you are a U.S. Citizen going to Rocky Point – unless you are flying, you do not need a passport to do so until Jan 1 – but you will need other forms of ID: a birth certificate, or a voter’s registration card, social security card, etc. On and after Jan 1 2008, you will need a passport, or one of the other passport-like ID’s they are proposing but have not yet implemented, such as the ‘Passport cards‘ specifically for travel to Mexico and the Caribbean. We have yet to see how these passport alternatives will pan out.So, just to recap – if you are a U.S. Citizen going to Rocky Point – unless you are flying, you do not need a passport to do so until Jan 1 – but you will need other forms of ID: a birth certificate, or a voter’s registration card, social security card, etc. On and after , you will need a passport, or one of the other passport-like ID’s they are proposing but have not yet implemented, such as the ” specifically for travel to Mexico and the Caribbean. We have yet to see how these passport alternatives will pan out.See also:travel.state.gov’s ‘New Requirements for Travelers’
See also:travel.state.gov’s ‘Tips For Travelers To Mexico’
See also:NYT: The Clock Is Ticking for Winter Travelers
So, just to recap – if you are a U.S. Citizen going to Rocky Point – unless you are flying, you do not need a passport to do so until Jan 1 – but you will need other forms of ID: a birth certificate, or a voter’s registration card, social security card, etc. On and after , you will need a passport, or one of the other passport-like ID’s they are proposing but have not yet implemented, such as the ” specifically for travel to Mexico and the Caribbean. We have yet to see how these passport alternatives will pan out.See also:See also:See also:

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