On June 8, 2007, the U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security announced
that U.S. citizens who have applied for but not yet received their passports can re-enter
the United States (through September 30, 2007) by showing the following:
• A government issued photo ID
• Department of State official proof of application for a passport
This applies to air travel between the United States and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda.
Obviously, the State Dept. read the Travel Coach and decided it better change its policy ; )Original Post:
In case you haven't heard, the U.S. recently changed its policy
and now requires all American citizens to carry passports when traveling by air to Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Bermuda. This new policy has created major delays at the U.S. Passport Office thanks to a surge in passport applications and renewals.
Even if you're not traveling to one of countries mentioned above—but your passport is expiring anytime soon—this could have a huge impact on your international travel plans. People report waiting up to 12 weeks to receive a new or renewed passport. Horror stories of long lines, disconnected phone calls, cancelled trips and other annoyances abound.
Even if you're traveling in say, October, and your passport doesn't expire until December, you may still be affected. For instance, many countries require that your passport be valid for a specific amount of time AFTER you enter the country. For instance, Greece requires that a traveler's passport
be valid for at least three months beyond length of stay. Morocco
requires six months of validity. To check out the passport requirements of your international destination, go here
, navigate to the correct country, and then select "Passport/Visa" from the right-hand menu.
What are you waiting for? Go check your passport...NOW!