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NEW PASSPORT RULES FOR 2009

The final rules are out for US Entry Requirements
and
we have another set of changes.

1. Air Travel-If you are leaving and entering the United States by airplane, US Citizens must present a valid Passport Book to board the aircraft and re-enter the US. This is the traditional style book Passport. This includes all Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Bahamas, Bermuda and all other international destinations. Puerto Rico can still be traveled to solely on a driver's license and For St. Thomas and the other US Virgin Islands, we suggest your drivers license and a birth certificiate.

2. Most Land borders and Cruise departures require a Passport Book or a Passport Card (less expensive version, not valid for flying), including Alaska, Panama Canal Voyages, Europe and more complicated itineraries that start and end from a different port. If you are flying to your international cruise port, revert to number one.

3. "CLOSED LOOP" Cruse Voyages that start and end at the same port and traveling within the Western Hemisphere can still be boarded, even after June 1, 2009 with a government-issued photo identification in combination with either a certified (Government Issued) birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad issued by Department of State or a Certificate of Naturalization issued by US Citizenship and Immigration Services. According to the US Customs and Border Protection, A closed loop voyage occurs when a vessel departs from a US port or place and returns to the same US port upon completion of the voyage. Per the WHTI Land and Sea Final Rule, travelers on "closed loop voyages are not subject to the same documentary requirements for entry to the United States as other travelers as long as passengers are returning from contiguous territories like Canada or Mexico and adjacent island such as Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Marie Galantine, Martinique, Miquelon, Montserrat, Saba, St. Barthelemy, Saint Christopher, Saint Eustatius, Saint Kitts, Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Maarten, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos and other British, French and Netherlands territory or possessions bordering on the Caribbean Sea. Remember, this rule is only valid for cruises that depart and return to the same US port. In addition, we are still suggesting Passport books for everybody in case you are a relative is sick and you need to fly back home to America, in case your particular island requires a passport to enter the island, in case your cruise ship boards an passengers in any foreign port or for other individual reasons. A Passport is the only truly international form of identification and the Passport book is accepted Worldwide as identification. We take no responsibility for clients that try to travel internationally without a passport in the case of rule changes by our country or the countries you might visit and strongly suggest you get a US Passport Book for any international trip, but we are reprinting factual information from US Government Sources in case you have to save money or want to depart quickly on a short cruise.

Source: http://cpb.gov
Source: Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, Final Rules, Department of Homeland Security.

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