|BEFORE YOU TRAVEL - CHECK WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF
HOMELAND SECURITY FOR ANY UPDATES TO THE FOLLOWING
ALL PERSONS traveling by air outside of the United States are required to present a passport or
other valid travel document to enter or re-enter the United States.
LAND AND SEA TRAVEL
The following summarizes information available on the Department of Homeland Security’s website.
Update: Birth certificates will no longer be an accepted travel document for any passenger, regardless of age or
citizenship, on Panama Canal cruises or Western Caribbean cruises calling in Roatan on sailings departing on or
after March 6, 2010. All passengers must present a WHTI compliant document at cruise check-in. Birth
Certificates (with a raised seal and issued by the county in which the passenger was born) can be used for other
Western Hemisphere cruises along with a Government issued photo ID.
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 aforementioned Western Hemisphere countries.
The Passport Card: Passport card applications are currently being accepted in anticipation of land border travel
document requirements. The passport card will only be valid for land and sea travel between the U.S. and Canada,
Mexico, the Caribbean region, and Bermuda.
For further information see U.S. Customs and Border protection.
The Western Hemisphere Travel 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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