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New Passport Requirements Effective January 23, 2007

All persons, including US citizens, will need passports to re-enter the United States by air from the Caribbean, Mexico, Bermuda, or Canada beginning January 23, 2007.

The new rule will only affect passengers arriving by air. The expected deadline for travelers entering by land and sea is January 1, 2008.

U.S. citizens returning from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will not need to show passports.

Authorities expect a significant increase in passport requests due to the rule change, so travelers without valid passports are encouraged to allow plenty of time to obtain them.

It typically takes about six weeks to get a passport after applying, or two weeks for more expensive, expedited service through the Passport Services Office.

Please click on the links below to find out how to apply, and to access more information.

Why get a passport now?

How to get your passport

Who does the new law affect?

The wait time – currently up to six weeks – could increase as the number of applications grows

Now there is a “rush option” for an extra fee, but high volume could affect availability

Gain travel flexibility ... the ability to visit countries worldwide

First passport? Here’s how to apply >>

Find an office near you >>

Need to renew? See mail-in info >>

You can also
call the U.S. National Passport Center at 1-877-4USA-PPT (1-877-487-2778).

U.S. citizens traveling to Canada , Mexico , the Caribbean , Bermuda and Panama

Citizens of Canada , Mexico and Bermuda , who will need a passport for U.S. entry for the first time

See details from the U.S. Department of State >>