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Old February 6th, 2006, 10:39 AM
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Going on Valor April 30th 2006 its not required that we have a passport right? we can still use birth certificate and id and my sisters 13 and 8 just need birth certificate and my mom id and birth certificate thanks in advance James
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New rule not effective until the end of the year - but if your not 100% certain - just give a call to your TA or cruiseline (if you booked direct) for assistance.
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Thats correct Your safe until the end of the year.

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i went ahead and got my passport anyway. nothing is going to keep me off this boat if i have to swim out to it and climb up the side with toilet plungers attached to my hands!!!!

by the way, i'm on the same cruise as you guys.... 83 days to go!!!

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Well,
There is a few others heading out on the same cruise. We have a forum under people / single (we are not all singles) and look for Valor Pinkie Reunion Cruise.... We are a few people that have met on these boards before and are cruising again since we had so much fun last time. Take a peak if you want and introduce yourself.....
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Apparently the government has (again) managed to muddy the waters so that no one understands what is really required.

Family and David: You actually don't have to use a passport until 2008. See the post below from the state dept:

"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. "

I still heartily recommend that everybody get one BEFORE then, but it's not required at this point.

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This is what Carnival states:

What are the new passport requirements?

On 9/2/05, the U.S. State Department revised the original proposed "Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative." The proposed rules will require ALL U.S. and Canadian Citizens to carry a passport (unexpired) for travel to or from certain countries/areas that were previously exempt. This includes children and infants.

The proposed implementation is as follows:

* December 31, 2006 - Passport required for all air and sea travel to or from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda. Note: This will affect guests traveling on cruises that return to the U.S. after 12/30/06.

* December 31, 2007 - Passport required for all land border crossings as well as air and sea travel. Note: This will affect guests traveling on cruises that return to the U.S. after 12/30/07.

Once the proposed rules are finalized - either in their current form or a modified form - the cruise industry will communicate that information to our travel agent partners and guests. In the meantime, individuals with future travel plans that would be affected by the proposed new rules are strongly encouraged to obtain a passport now.

You may print a passport application or get additional information from the government on this subject by visiting: http://travel.state.gov/passport
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i went ahead and got my passport anyway. nothing is going to keep me off this boat if i have to swim out to it and climb up the side with toilet plungers attached to my hands!!!!

by the way, i'm on the same cruise as you guys.... 83 days to go!!!

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