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Old 04-06-2005, 10:54 PM
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What are the new passport requirements (04/06/2005)?


On Tuesday, April 5, 2005, the U.S. State Department announced details of the proposed "Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative." If the proposed rules are enacted, U.S. citizens will be required to carry a passport for travel to or from certain countries/areas that were previously exempt. The proposed implementation is as follows:

* December 31, 2005 - Passport required for all air and sea travel to or from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Central and South America.

* December 31, 2006 - Passport required for all air and sea travel to or from Mexico and Canada.

* December 31, 2007 - Passport required for all air, sea and land border crossings.

According to the U.S. State Department's press release: "To provide vital information to the general public, the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and State (DOS) are issuing an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on the plan to the public and requesting input and/or comment on the suggested documents and possible alternative documents that can meet the statutory requirements. A more formal rulemaking will be issued later this year following review of those comments to implement the first phase of the initiative. This rulemaking will take into account comments received from the advanced notice as well as soliciting further comments on the rulemaking itself."
Once the proposed rules are finalized - either in their current form or a modified form - the cruise industry will communicate that information to our travel agent partners and guests. In the meantime, individuals with future travel plans that would be affected by the proposed new rules may wish to proceed with obtaining a passport now.
We will provide additional information as it becomes available.
For additional information from the U.S. government, visit:
www.travel.state.gov
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I heard this on the news yesterday and applaud the decision to require passports from everyone. It should make security more effective and quicker at the airports.

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Exactly! I work in Questioned Documents in the crime lab and have dealt with fradulant passports, currency, birth certificates, etc and when I travel I wonder how many fakes have gotten by the lay person when often times it takes me a while to figure it out because some fakes are just that good. you're dealing with so many different birth certificates from around the world that just like some foreign currency even a legitimate certificate may look fake or like a 'toy' certificate to us u.s. citizens. Not to say that they won't have problems with fake passports, because I see it often, but eliminating all those other certificates would sure make life easier if you can just focus on finding fraud with just one document (the passport) instead of looking at 100's of varying types of birth certificates and trying to determine if it's a forgery.
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Wow! I bet you have some great stories! It would seem almost impossible to forge a U.S. passport, but I guess if someone were motivated, they would give it a go. Thanks for doing the job you do. It is nice to know there is a person behind the scenes that is on top of all this.

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Thanks for the praises!!!! It's not all glitz and glamour as CSI leads the public to believe.
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FOR WHAT REASONS WILL A PERSON BE DENIED A PASSPORT OTHER THAN THE OBVIOUS SUCH AS FAKE BIRTH CERTIFICATE LICENSE AND THINGS LIKE THAT?
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I'm not positive because it's not exactly my area (unless it's a fake or forged document/passport : ) but I believe certain crimes, felonies, etc could cause a person to be denied a passport. It may depend on how the government feels/views the nature of the crime, person etc. YOur best bet would be to check with the Homeland Security office/website. Or even the U.S. Dept of State requirements for a passport.Since 9/11 there are so many rules and regulations that what once would not cause a person to be denied may now cause a person to be denied. Hopes some of this helps.
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Hello all,
I thought the dates were changed for the passports. I am goign to the Bahamas in January and do not have a passport. Will I be affected?
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NO YOU WILL NOT NEED A PASSPORT UNTIL DECEMBER 2006.
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Old 12-09-2005, 08:05 AM
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Chase,

please note that the original posting is from April, 2005 and does not reflect the changes the U.S. government has announced since then.
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