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Old February 2nd, 2006, 12:24 PM
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We are going on a cruise with a party of 7. My daughter (16) is the only one of us that has a passport. My question is should we just have her use her birth certificate and leave her passport at home, or would it be better for her to use the passport, are there any benefits either way? Thanks
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Passports are the best, and easiest to use, form of identification... and everyone will be required to have when traveling outside of the United States (really for when returning) by next year.

If she has one, why not use it! She can simply lock it in the safe on the ship to keep it safe.

I highly recommend everyone else apply for their passports now. Sure you'll all be traveling again sometime.
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exactly what Kuki stated.
Passports are always the prefered form of identification.
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I'll make it three in a row.

If she has it then definitely use it!

It would be a great idea for the rest of the family to take their documentation and get one. As Kuki said, you'll need one if you cruise after the end of the year.

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I'll agree with all of the above. Since she already has a passport, she should use it. The rest of the family and anyone else that's going to be traveling should get one.
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Thanks everyone for the input.
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5 in a row. Five out of five experienced cruisers say use the passport.
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Make it six out of six. Passports seem to expedite the whole process. Besides, you'll need them next year anyway so you might as well get them now.
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Lets make it 8 for 8. While it is a good idea to use a passport now, a passport will be required starting on December 31. 2006. For more information, see http://www.travel.state.gov/pdf/WHTI...ish_092205.pdf
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Lets make it 8 for 8. While it is a good idea to use a passport now, a passport will be required starting on December 31. 2006. For more information, see http://www.travel.state.gov/pdf/WHTI...ish_092205.pdf
Actually Tom, it isn't required until Jan, 2008. From the state dept website:

"The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 requires that by January 1, 2008, travelers to and from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama, Mexico and Canada have a passport or other secure, accepted document to enter or re-enter the United States. In order to facilitate the implementation of this requirement, the Administration is proposing to complete it in phases following a proposed timeline, which will be published in the Federal Register in the near future.

This is a change from prior travel requirements and will affect all United States citizens entering the United States from countries within the Western Hemisphere who do not currently possess valid passports. This new requirement will also affect certain foreign nationals who currently are not required to present a passport to travel to the United States. Most Canadian citizens, citizens of the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda, and to a lesser degree, Mexican citizens will be affected by the implementation of this requirement. "

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