Reminder: New Passport Rules Start Tomorrow
Today's your last day to freak out about the impending new passport rules. Effective tomorrow, all U.S. citizen air travelers will need a valid passport to return home from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda--jaunts which previously accepted some combination of other documents (a birth certificate and/or driver's license) to get by. Our friends up north will also need passports to enter the U.S. The same rules are expected to be applied to land and sea travel by this time next year.
If you're in need of a passport, check out our guide to getting one. Standard processing takes up to eight weeks, but you can pay a lot of money to get one in as little as a day. Huge surprise, right? If you already have a passport that's on its last legs, don't forget that when it comes to entering your foreign destination, some countries--such as Antigua and Barbuda--require your passport to be valid up to six months past your date of arrival. So basically, if you want to play it safe, your passport expires six months before it, well, expires. Got that?
· Tighter Passport Rules for U.S. Citizens Start Tuesday [NYT]
· U.S. State Department: Passports [Official Site]
· HOWTO: Get A Passport Fast [Jaunted]