Mike's Passport Information Page

Travel Documents for U.S. Citizens Under WHTI

Under the proposed implementation plan, the following documents will be acceptable to fulfill document requirements:
  • U.S. Passport:   U.S. citizens may present a valid U.S. passport when traveling via air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda, and may also use a U.S. passport when traveling via sea and land borders (including ferry crossings).

  • The Passport Card (also referred to as the PASS Card):   This limited-use passport in card format is currently under development and will be available for use for travel only via land or sea (including ferries) between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda.  Similar in size to a credit card, it will fit easily into a wallet.

  • DOS and DHS also anticipate that the following documents will continue to be acceptable for their current travel uses under WHTI:  SENTRI, NEXUS, FAST, and the U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Document.  As proposed, members of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty traveling on orders will continue to be exempt from the passport requirement. 

    Cruise Travel
    As early as January 1, 2008, subject to U.S. Government amendment, ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda may be required to present a valid passport or other documents as determined by the Department of Homeland Security.

    Until that time, the following travel document requirements apply:
    International Travel

  • A valid passport is required; visas are required where they apply. This includes Europe, Asia, Central and South America.

    Domestic Travel

  • For domestic travel which includes: the Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico, a passport (valid or expired) is highly recommended.
  • In the absence of a passport, a birth certificate (original or a certified copy), plus a picture ID card issued by a federal, state or local government agency is required.
  • A voter registration card or Social Security Card are not considered to be proof of citizenship.
  • Children under 16 years of age do not require a picture ID.

    Our Recommendation
    We strongly recommends that all travel with a valid passport during their cruise. This greatly assists cruise passengers who may need to fly out of the United States to meet their ship at the next available port should they miss their scheduled embarkation in a U.S. port; cruise passengers entering the U.S. at the end of their cruise; and cruise passengers needing to fly to the U.S. before their cruise ends, because of medical, family, personal or business emergencies, missing a ship’s departure from a port of call, involuntary disembarkation from a ship due to misconduct, or other reasons. For additional passport information see the links below.

    Non-U.S. Citizens
    You will need a valid passport and, in some cases, a visa. If you live in the U.S., you will also need the original copy of your Alien Registration Card (ARC or "Green Card") and any other documentation the countries on your itinerary require due to your alien status.

    Note: The requirement does not apply to travel between the United States and its territories. U.S. territories include the following: Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Swains Island, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.


  • The New U.S. Electronic Passport

    The proposed U.S. Electronic Passport is the same as a regular
    passport with the addition of a small contactless integrated
    (computer chip) embedded in the back cover. The chip will
    securely store the same data visually displayed on the photo page
    of the passport, and will additionally include a digital photograph.
    The inclusion of the digital photograph will enable biometric
    comparison, through the use of facial recognition technology at
    international borders. The U.S. "e-passport" will also have a new
    look, incorporating additional anti-fraud and security features
    Passports without chips will still be valid for the full extent of their
    validity period.

    Design of the New U.S. e-Passport

    The new U.S. e-passport will incorporate updated security features
    and a new design.. This design will reflect the varied landscapes of
    our country and each page will include a quote reflecting the hope
    and success that is the United States of America.

    The image below is a example of how the data page of the U.S.
    passport will look.

    New U.S. e-Passport

    New U.S. Passport Card
    Front of Passport Card
    Front of Passport Card

    Back of Card showing PASSsystem:

    For additional information from the U.S. Government.

    Click here for information on how to get a passport.

    Click here for information on Passports & Visas.

    Click here for information on the new Passport Card.


    How to obtain a Canadian passport.


    How to obtain a Mexican passport.

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