Passport Procrastinators Rejoice, Rules To Be Eased Temporarily
Looks like you might be able to travel to and from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda without carrying a U.S. passport, at least for the summer.
Today, the Bush administration is expected to suspend some of its new, post-September 11 requirements for traveling, including the new "passport for Canada" rule, in hopes that summer travelers who've been effected by delays in processing their passport applications will still get to go on their planned vacations.
This change would only be temporary, and it would allow the State Department to work through the giant backlog of passport applications, which was created when the "passport for Canada" rule went into effect earlier this year.
Under the new deal, travelers would have to present a State Department receipt, showing they had applied for a passport, and some form of a photo id.
Those without passports would receive additional security, kind of like when you buy a one way airline ticket these days.
Hardly seems worth the hassle. There was plenty of time to get a passport before the "passport for Canada" rule went into effect, so don't feel too bad when you see folks on the side of the road getting an unexpected full cavity search at the Canadian border.