Latest Passport Extension is Boost for Short Cruise Travelers!

July 30, 2006

Congress this week approved an extension to its previously announced -- and twice-changed -- deadline for passport-required travel. Most recently, in early September, new rules for passport requirements had been announced, giving folks a week-long extension. That meant that people traveling to and from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda needed to have a passport by January 8, 2007, at the latest.

But now, another, more significant extension has been approved by Congress, and travelers now have until June 1, 2009 to get that passport.

The news, coming out of Congress' passing of the 2007 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill yesterday, primarily applies to folks who, in Cruise Critic's case, are traveling to places in the Caribbean and the Bahamas that still only require a government-issued I.D. like a driver's license. For the most part, the impacted cruise trips are more likely to be short, three- to five-night voyages.
Trips that include ports of call at countries like Argentina, Chile and Brazil, which have long required passports, are not impacted by this extension. Travelers, as long required, need passports for trips there.
--by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor