Monday, June 11, 2007

Temporary Travel Flexibility Permitted Within Western Hemisphere

As you probably know, the government is now requiring U.S. citizens to use passports when they travel by plane to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. This has led to a huge backlog in the passport application process, doubling the time of routine processing from six weeks to nearly three months, jeopardizing summer 2007 travel plans.

The U.S. Department of State announced on Friday that that citizens flying to those locations who have applied for but not yet received passports can, between now and September 30, enter and depart from the United States by air with a government issued photo identification and Department of State official proof of application for a passport. One can get that proof online by going here.

See the video on the State Department web page.

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