NEW PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS WENT INTO EFFECT ON JANUARY
23, 2007 FOR TRAVELERS BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND OTHER WESTERN HEMISPHERE COUNTRIES THAT PREVIOUSLY REQUIRED ONLY A DRIVER'S
LICENSE OR BIRTH CERTIFICATE.
This is the Western Hemisphere Initiative Act of the
United States Congress. It affects Canada, Mexico, etc.
See complete information at my TRAVEL website at:
or at the United States State Department at:
New Requirements for Travelers Between the United States
and the Western Hemisphere
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 to 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.
Frequently Asked Questions about the New Travel Initiative Requirements
Press Release: New Passport Initiative Announced to Better Secure Americas
THIS IS A COPY OF THE CHANGE IN LAW AS POSTED ON THE United States State Department website--www.state.gov