Monday, June 1, 2009

New US Passport Rule

A new US passport rule will begin on today, June 1st 2009, requiring passports or new high-tech documents to cross the United States' northern and southern borders ( to Mexido and Canda) .The rules are being implemented nearly eight years after the Sept. 11 attacks and long after the 9/11 Commission recommended the changes. According to the report that, travelers who do not comply with the new requirements will get a warning and be allowed to enter the U.S. after a background check. The new rule, which also affects sea crossings, is the final implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, a security measure crafted from recommendations from the 9/11 Commission.Under the new rule, travelers also can use a passport card issued by the U.S. State Department to cross land borders. The card does not work for air travel. At $45 for first-time applicants, it's a more affordable alternative to the traditional passport, which costs $100. So if you are planning on travelling accross Mexico and Canada, you better check your state department.

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