zqvol Posted August 12, 2006 #76 Share Posted August 12, 2006 Okay for the people who want to know what the regulations are today (nobody knows what they will be tomorrow), here they are direct from the U.S. Passport website. 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 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. In the proposed implementation plan, which is subject to a period of initial public comment, the Initiative will be rolled out in phases, providing as much advance notice as possible to the affected public to enable them to meet the terms of the new guidelines. The proposed timeline will be as follows: December 31, 2006 - Requirement applied to all air and sea travel to or from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. December 31, 2007 - Requirement extended to all land border crossings as well as air and sea travel. 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. So if the above reads correctly, then yes, the whole plan won't be fully enacted until January 2008. But you know what, if you are going on a cruise anytime in 2007, then as of now you will need a Passport to be able to return to the U.S. There is no change at this point on the deadline for when cruisers need passports. Does that mean that the deadline might not get pushed back again? No. But does anybody really want to say that after what happened today, that our politicians are not going to take it as another excuse to put stricter restrictions on us - instead of less. Who knows? Basically at this point if you are on a cruise on 12/31/06 or later, then you will need a U.S. Passport. Now those of you who think this will change can wait. I don't care. That's your perogative, but please don't complain here when it doesn't change and you either have to expedite your passport (and pay more money) or they decide to raise the fees for passports again before you get yours). One point that MUST BE UNDERSTOOD. If you are on a cruise or airline that returns to the US on or after 12/31/06 you MUST have a passport. What this means if your cruise leaves on Christmas eve or after you are going to have to have a passport to get on the ship (assuming you are on a 7 day or longer)(Christmas eve is a Sunday this year). Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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