Have you checked your passport lately to see when it expires? It may be time to renew–or past time!
If you don’t have a passport, now’s the time to get one! You never know when a good deal is going to present itself and you need to be ready. I share GREAT DEALS every single week through Terrance’s Trip Pick of the Week.
Here’s a link that will tell you where and how to apply or renew your passport:
But do I really need a passport?
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requires U.S. and Canadian travelers to show a passport or other official document that confirms your identity and citizenship in order to enter the U.S. This went into effect after the 2004 legislation, Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA). Obviously, the goal is to make the U.S. borders more secure.
What’s here you need to know…
If Traveling by Air…All individuals, regardless of age, must have their own passport when traveling internationally by air.
If Traveling by Sea…All adult U.S. citizens arriving by sea from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, or the Caribbean must have a passport book or passport card.*
*”Closed-Loop” Cruises: If you are a U.S. citizen, and you board a cruise ship at a U.S. port, travel only within the Western Hemisphere, and return to the same U.S. port on the same ship, you may present government-issued photo identification, along with proof of citizenship (an original or certified copy of your birth certificate, a Consular report of Birth Abroad, or a Certificate of Naturalization). Please be aware that you may still be required to present a passport to enter the foreign countries your cruise ship is visiting. Check with your cruise line to ensure you have the appropriate documents. U.S. citizen children under age 16 arriving by sea from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, or the Caribbean may present an original or certified copy of his or her birth certificate, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or Certificate of Citizenship.
If Traveling by Land…All adults arriving by land from Canada or Mexico must have a passport book or passport card. U.S. citizen children under age 16 arriving by land from Canada or Mexico may present an original or certified copy of his or her birth certificate, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or Certificate of Citizenship.