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In this issue:
- American Clean Energy and Security Act
- America Outdoors Association on Capitol Hill
- New Member Benefit – 30 Minutes of Free Legal Consultation
- Brutal Year for Some Segments of the Travel Industry
- Calculating Your Carbon Footprint and Why You May Need to Know It
- Details on Appeal Against NPS in Grand Canyon
- Overview of Omnibus Public Lands Management Act
- Regional News
- Global Warming: Sorting Fact from Fiction
- Wolf Delisting Brings Spate of Lawsuits
- Briefings on Forest Service Issues
- Repeal of Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act Introduced in Congress
- Region 1 Recreation Director Urges Consideration of Outfitters Economic Circumstances
- Bio’s on Nominees for Interior Posts
- AOA Conference in Reno 2009
- And more.
New Passport Rules Go Into Effect on June 1st Kids Will Need a Birth Certificate
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requires all citizens of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda to have a passport or other accepted document that establishes the bearer’s identity and nationality to enter or depart the United States from within the Western Hemisphere.
The travel document requirements make up the departments of State and Homeland Security’s Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. This change in travel document requirements is the result of recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission, which Congress subsequently passed into law in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.
This travel initiative is being implemented in two phases:
- Air travel requirements went into effect January 23, 2007 and now all travelers including children must present a passport or secure travel document when entering the United States by air.
- Land/Sea requirements are transitioning toward standard and consistent documents for all travelers entering the country with full implementation on June 1, 2009.
Land and Sea Documents
WHTI requires travelers to present a passport or other approved secure document denoting citizenship and identity for all land and sea travel into the United States. WHTI establishes document requirements for travelers entering the United States who were previously exempt, including citizens of the U.S., Canada and Bermuda. These document requirements are effective June 1, 2009.
Most travelers will require one of the following documents:
- U.S. citizens: A passport issued by the U.S. Government, a passport card, a valid trusted traveler program card (FAST, NEXUS, or SENTRI), an enhanced driver’s license(EDL), a Military ID with official travel orders, or a U.S. Merchant Mariner Document.
- Canadian citizens: A passport issued by the Government of Canada, a valid trusted traveler program card (FAST, NEXUS, or SENTRI), or an EDL.
- U.S. and Canadian children under the age of 16 will be able to present a birth certificate or other proof of citizenship. See the CBP website for more information about children traveling with a school or religious group, social organization, or sports team.
- Bermudians: A passport issued by the Government of Bermuda or the United Kingdom.
- Mexican citizens: Mexican citizens, including children, are currently required to present a passport with visa or a laser visa border crossing card, and therefore there is little to no expectation of change under these new requirements.
Special Audiences / Issues:
- Children. U.S. and Canadian children under the age of 16 will be able to present the original or copy of their birth certificates, or other proof of citizenship such as a naturalization certificate or citizenship card. Groups of U.S. and Canadian children ages 16 through 18, when traveling with a school or religious group, social organization, or sports team will be able to enter under adult supervision with originals or copies of their birth certificates or other proof of citizenship.
- Native Americans. The Indian and North Affairs Canada Card and Tribal Enrollment Cards with a photo affixed to the card will be accepted until June 1, 2009. We expect that, in order to be designated as WHTI-compliant, many Native American tribes will have to enhance their tribal enrollment and identification cards. Members of the Kickapoo Band of Texas and Tribe of Oklahoma are permitted to present the Form I-872 American Indian Card in lieu of a passport, as they do currently.
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