Today is May 1st, which means that in exactly one month, new passport regulations will go into effect as part of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. We've written about the WHTI pretty extensively, but since it's about to become reality, here's a quick review of the upcoming changes:
Passports are already required for air travel to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. There are no exceptions, and this will continue after June 1st, 2009.
Starting June 1st, 2009, passports will be required for land and sea travel to these locations, too. Currently, all you have to have is a state-issued photo ID and a birth certificate.
After June 1, 2009, children under age 16 will be able to use a birth certificate instead of a passport for land and sea travel to these locations only.
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