In an effort to provide as much advance notice for all travelers, especially during the peak holiday travel period, the deadline for passport requirement to cross the border via air or sea in the Western Hemisphere has been extended from January 1, 2007 to January 8, 2007. This is the second time the timeline has been revised: The original implementation plan was to be rolled out in phases beginning December 31, 2005, but was then extended a year.
The latest timeline is as follows:
January 8, 2007: Passport required for all air and sea travel to and from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda.
January 1, 2008: Passport required extended to all land border crossings as well as air and sea travel.
Currently, this will not only affect all U.S. citizens traveling to and from the U.S. who do not have passports, but also foreign citizens who didn't originally need a passport to enter the U.S.
Looking for information on how to obtain your first passport -- or renew your old one -- in time for the deadline? Visit the new Passport Center on IndependentTraveler.com for the latest on passport resources.
-by Erica Sapio, Assistant Editor.