PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS - IMPORTANT UPDATE
We recommend every traveling U.S. citizen have a valid passport regardless of destination. They are by far the easiest proof of identity and citizenship; and there are a number of additional benefits and potential problems prevented with their use.
Originally, the U..S. Department of State Regulations stipulated that passports would be needed by January 8, 2007 for Air, Sea and Land Border crossings. Recently passed legislation has deferred this date until at least January 1, 2008 for Land and Sea border crossings. However, all passengers traveling by air between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda will be required to present a valid passport for entry or re-entry into the United States effective January 8, 2007.
Warning! Consider what would happen if you were on a cruise (passport not required at this time) but were required to fly back home (passport required as of January 8, 2007) because of an emergency. Opinion -- if you didn't have a passport, even though not required at this time for the cruise, you could have serious challenges upon trying to reenter by air.
This is a changing situation -- up to the minute information regarding passport requirements is available online at www.travel.state.gov
Remember, too, that passport photos (a $15 per person value) and application forms are available to you "free of charge" when you make your qualifying travel plans and reservations with the full-time travel professionals here at Please Go Away(tm) Vacations.