Blackburn: "Don't Forget Your Passport!"
Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today reminded constituents of the newly implemented travel requirements for travel between the U.S and Mexico. All persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda will be required to present a valid passport, Air NEXUS card, or U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Document, or an Alien Registration Card. On January 1, 2008, ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda by land or sea (including ferries), may be required to present a valid passport or other documents as determined by the Department of Homeland Security.
Previous requirements stipulated that reentering the U.S. required only a driver's license or another form of state or national ID, but due to security concerns every person entering the United States must now provide a valid U.S. passport.
"Many church school groups from our district have spent summers in Central America and other countries abroad on mission trips to help struggling communities. We want these groups or any person traveling out of the USA to know in advance that they'll need a valid U.S. passport to get back into the country," Blackburn said.
"We don't want anyone to get caught up at the border because they don't know about the new travel requirements, so get your passports early and enjoy your summer vacation."