WESTERN HEMISPHERE

TIGHTENING OUR BORDERS

In April 2005, the U.S. Department of State announced details of the proposed “Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative”.

If enacted, U.S. and Canadian citizens will be required to carry a passport for travel to or from certain countries/areas that were previously exempt. The proposed implementation dates are as follows:

Beginning December 31, 2005, a passport or other accepted document will be required for all air and sea travel to or from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Central and South America.

Beginning December 31, 2006, a passport or other accepted document will be required for all air and sea travel to or from Mexico and Canada.

Beginning December 31, 2007, a passport or other accepted document will be required for all air, sea and land border crossings.

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