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What’s New in the Western Hemisphere: Part Deux

By Linda Tancs

 Attention all procrastinators:  time is up for winging it through the Western Hemisphere without official documentation.  You may recall that passport requirements were relaxed in the wake of an avalanche of applications that were filed (and very much delayed) to meet the new requirements.  Effective today, you must have passport in hand for your flights to Mexico, Canada, Bermuda and the Caribbean.  Limited exceptions (in the way of military travel, for instance) apply.  Still don’t have that passport?  Expedited service is running at about 3 weeks, they say.  Go for it.

What’s New in the Western Hemisphere?

By Linda Tancs

It should come as no surprise that there’s a run on  passports these days.  Under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, U.S. citizens traveling via air between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda now need a passport.  For the time being at least, the passport is lauded as the best documentation of identity and citizenship.  But is it “hassle free”?  With the advent of the biometric (data encoded) passport, concerns are rampant that the passport holder’s identifying information is subject to hacking, giving rise to a cottage industry in anti-hacking devices.  Necessity is the mother of invention, as the saying goes.

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