[Harp-L] Subject: Re: Atlantic Canada Harmonica Festival/Americans need Passports
"Only passengers of international travel on airplanes to and from the USA
are required to have a passport on them for entering or re entering the USA .
If you fly within the USA and rent a car to drive into Canada you won't need a
passport to re enter the USA . "
...I never mentioned flyers "within the US" requiring a passport, you must
I guess you didn't read the link then? Those were the older, more innocent
days. The all-powerful "Department of Homeland Security" is putting into
place new rules and regulations...bound and determined to force US citizens to
require passports to re-enter the U.S. after visiting Canada.....
he also writes: "I have traveled to Mexico and returned back into the USA
many times recently in my car and never had to have a passport on me to re
...that's "recently" and perhaps even "now" ..but again, the government in
its infinite wisdom (that's sarcasm by the way)...is now in the process of
instituting a special passport type travel card for those who do live close to
either of the two borders and who cross frequently....they're just running
far behind on the implementation....so what else is new?
..and I specifically mentioned "grey areas"...since the customs officers
will always have much flexibility in implementing the "rules and regs". Guess if
you don't look like a terrorist and they know your face.....you might get a
Everything's changing from this year into January of 2008 (when they're
going to require passports for driving and boating into Canada as well), which
is why I posted the information. If it doesn't ever affect YOUR travel to and
from Mexico, I'm very happy for you.... you're a lucky man.
Right now, this Summer of 2007, many Air travelers had already been told
they could not fly to Canada and back because their passports were taking too
long to process, ergo the relief of this "new temporary ease of the
restriction"....What....you think I made it up just to annoy people perhaps interested
in going to the festival? lol - A family member's been climbing the
walls because of the huge delay in getting her passport to go to Toronto for a
If the link's too difficult to open, here's the pertinent page:
"U.S. Citizens with Pending Passport Applications Allowed Temporary Travel
Flexibility Within Western Hemisphere
Release Date: June 8, 2007
For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
The U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security announced today that U.S.
citizens traveling to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda who have
applied for but not yet received passports can nevertheless temporarily 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 through September 30, 2007. The federal government is making this
accommodation for air travel due to longer than expected processing times for
passport applications in the face of record-breaking demand.
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) was mandated by Congress in
the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 to strengthen
border security and facilitate entry into the United States for citizens and
legitimate international visitors. WHTI requirements for air travel took
effect on January 23, 2007.
Adults who have applied for but not yet received a passport should present
government-issued photo identification and an official proof of application
from the U.S. Department of State. Children under the age of 16 traveling with
their parents or legal guardian will be permitted to travel with the childâs
proof of application. Travelers who have not applied for a passport should
not expect to be accommodated. U.S. citizens with pending passport
applications can obtain proof of application at: _http://travel.state.gov_
This accommodation does not affect entry requirements to other countries.
Americans traveling to a country that requires passports must still present
Since implementation, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has and will
continue to exercise its current authorities in unique circumstances to allow
individuals subject to the WHTI requirements into the United States based on other
evidence of identity and citizenship.
As early as January 2008, the departments will begin to implement WHTI at
land and sea ports of entry. A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking outlining a
phased implementation is expected to be published in the Federal Register within
the next two weeks.
Travel document security remains a top priority for the U.S. Government.
Both the 9/11 Commission and the U.S. Congress urged strengthening of travel
documents to prevent entry of terrorists across our borders, reduce use of
fraudulent documents, and speed up entry procedures.
This page was last modified on June 8, 2007 "
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