Thursday, October 11, 2007

Passports: They're required again.

Effective October 1, 2007, the temporary reprieve that the U.S. government put into place for the summer has ended. That means that from now on, under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, you'll need to have an actual passport to return to the United States by air after traveling abroad.

The land and sea phase of the Initiative won't take effect until some time in the summer of 2008. By then, we're expected to have a few options, including something called a passport card that's currently in development to use when traveling to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean.

For anyone interested, the Initiative was part of the Intelligence Reform and Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA).

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