Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative
The passport requirements have changed for U.S. citizens traveling to
and returning from Bermuda, Canada, the Caribbean islands and Mexico.
It is all part of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. The
initiative is a result of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism
Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA), requiring all travelers to present a
passport or other document that denotes identity and citizenship when
entering the U.S.
The goal of the initiative is to strengthen
U.S. border security while facilitating entry for U.S. citizens and
legitimate foreign visitors by providing standardized documentation
that enables the Department of Homeland Security to quickly and
reliably identify a traveler.
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U.S.PASSPORT AND WHTI COMPLIANT DOCUMENTS:
- U.S.Passport: U.S. citizens may present a valid U.S. passport when
traveling via air, land or sea between the U.S. and the Western Hemisphere countries.
- The Passport Card:
The passport card is only valid for land and sea travel between
the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean region, and Bermuda.
- WHTI-Compliant Travel Documents for U.S. citizen travel via land or sea, as of June 1, 2009:
- Trusted Traveler Programs (NEXUS, SENTRI, or FAST)
- State Issued Enhanced Driver's License (when available)
- Enhanced Tribal Cards (when available and approved by DHS)
- U.S. Military Identification with Military Travel Orders
- U.S. Merchant Mariner Document when traveling in conjunction with official maritime business
- Form I-872 American Indian Card
All persons traveling by air outside of the United States are required
to present a valid passport to enter or
re-enter the United States.
LAND AND SEA TRAVEL
U.S. citizens entering the United States at sea or land ports of
entry need to have a passport, passport card, or other travel document
approved by the Department of Homeland Security.
Source: U.S. Department of State
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