The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative deadline approaches
- Written by Bonnie McKenna
Time is running out. On June 1, 2009 the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative goes into effect. U.S. citizens will now need to show an approved proof of citizenship to re-enter the U.S. from Mexico, Canada, Bermuda or the Caribbean. Approved travel documents include a passport, passport card, enhanced drivers license or trusted traveler program card. Mexican and Canadian citizens face similar requirements. • U.S. Passport: This is an internationally recognized travel document that denotes a person’s identity and citizenship. It is accepted for travel by land, air and sea. • U.S. Passport Card: This is a new, limited-use travel document that fits in your wallet and costs less than a traditional U.S. Passport. It is only valid for travel by land or sea. • Enhanced Driver’s License: Several state and the Canadian provinces are issuing this drivers license or identification document that denotes identity and citizenship. It is specifically designed for cross-border travel into the U.S. by land or sea. • Trusted Traveler Program Cards: NEXUS, SENTRI, or FAST enrollment cards can speed your entry into the U.S. and are issued only to pre-approve low-risk travelers. The cards are valid for use by land or sea; the NEXUS card can be used in airports with a NEXUS kiosk. For a complete list of government-approved documents, visit www.getyouhome.gov.