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Jan 2007
January 23, 2007

International Travel Passport Requirements Change

Effective January 23, 2007, the Departments of State and Homeland Security are requiring that U.S. citizens present a valid passport when entering the United States by air from any part of the Western Hemisphere (Canada, Mexico, Central, South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda). This rule will also apply to certain foreign nationals from Canada, Bermuda and Mexico who are living in the United States.

A proposed rule would also require citizens traveling by land or sea between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda to present a valid passport or other documents as determined by the Department of Homeland Security to enter the United States. This rule may go into effect as early as January 1, 2008.

In 2006, the Department issued a record 12.1 million passports to American citizens and anticipates issuing 16 million passports in 2007. U.S. citizens can find information about how to apply for a passport at or by calling 1.877.487.2778.

If you have any questions, please contact any member of our Labor and Employment Law Practice Group.


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