Monthly Archives: December 2008

Passport Requirements

For a long time, Americans have been used to not needing a passport when traveling to certain countries. Travelers going on vacation to the Caribbean, crossing the border into Canada and Mexico, or cruising to these destinations, only needed a photo ID and an original birth certificate.

Well, that’s been changing for a while now, and will continue to change. After 9/11, the government instituted what is called the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. In essence, this initiative requires all travelers returning to the U.S. to present a valid passport. In practice, the initiative’s implementation has been done in a confusing manner, with deadlines that initially seemed to change every couple of weeks.

The result was an implementation in phases, with air travel targeted before land and sea travel. The way it stands now, you only NEED a passport for air travel. You can still cruise and cross land borders with an original birth certificate and a drivers license. The requirement to use a passport (or passport card, where applicable) for travel by land and see becomes effective on June 1st, 2009.
So, if you’re planning to cruise or travel by land after June, I recommend that you get your passport as soon as possible. Even if you’re traveling before June, I strongly recommend that you travel with a passport. The reason is simple. A passport ensures your recognition as a U.S. citizen anywhere in the world, and covers all requirements to travel anywhere in the world (except for the need for visas to some countries). More important, if you take a cruise, for example, and have to come back to the States in a hurry, you will need a passport to fly back (not even a passport card).

In summary, if you are traveling in the near future and don’t have a passport, get one! If you already have one, make sure it will expire at least 6 months after your planned return, as some countries require that to allow entry.

Have a happy 2009!

Enrique Brener
KC Travel
N. Miami Beach, FL
www.kctravel.jurni.net
info@kctravel.jurni.net
305-792-0618
FL Seller of Travel Reg. TI-35171


Welcome!

Welcome to Travel Ramblin’, KC Travel’s new blog. Here you will find my views and opinions on different travel related topics, as well as the occasional deal from a travel supplier.

These days, it seems that you can find almost any information you want online. Sometimes that’s a blessing, sometimes it isn’t. The amount of information is so massive that it’s not easy to find impartial, clear information that is not contradicted somewhere else. My intention in this blog is to provide you with just that: objective and accurate information on a variety of travel topics.

However, I wouldn’t be adding any value if I didn’t include my own opinions, interpretations, and conclusions. I will make an effort to make sure the distinction between fact and opinion is always clear so you can reach your own conclusions.

I will try to make the topics as varied as possible. Some of the things you will read about in the next few weeks are:

  • New travel documentation requirements
  • A review of Solstice, Celebrity’s new ship
  • Information on adventure cruises to Antarctica
  • The need for travel insurance

I hope you enjoy this blog, and I am always open to criticism and ideas for improving it. If you love traveling as much as I do, please feel free to comment and make suggestions on topics you’d like to see discussed.

Regards,

Enrique Brener
KC Travel
N. Miami Beach, FL
www.kctravel.jurni.net
info@kctravel.jurni.net
305-792-0618
FL Seller of Travel Reg. TI-35171