Important Passport Update
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Do You Need a Passport to Travel to the Caribbean?
Although proposed passport requirements changed frequently in recent years, according to the Department of State, Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI):
- 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.
- 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
Don't wait. As deadlines draw near, passport applications will increase dramatically and processing will be delayed. Even if these deadlines are extended, the Department of Homeland Security always recommends traveling with passport identification. So, if you want to be ready to snap up last-minute Caribbean
travel deals, be prepared with a current passport in hand.