I have heard this and can't verify it on the passport site.
but----- Are children required to have passport for land and sea crossings to caribbean?? I've heard that children under a certain age as long as they are traveling with eiher both parents or a school sponsored education program don't need passports--at least not yet--is there any truth to this??--
(I'm dreaming of a Dec cruise to caribbean on the Carnival Liberty. --the rest of us all have pp's but 6YO does not)
U.S. softens rules on kids' passports
By Mimi Hall, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — U.S. and Canadian children will not need passports to come into the country by land or sea, the Homeland Security Department announced Thursday. The decision was praised by tourism groups and Canadian government officials who had fought the requirement.
Under new passport rules that could take effect as early as January 2008, all adults — including U.S. citizens — will be required to show passports to cross the nation's borders. But the government reversed a decision requiring children to have passports as well.
Forcing families to buy passports for their children, at a cost of $82 each, was "one of the items most onerous" about the new passport rules, said Luke Rich of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, a regional chamber of commerce group. "This is an important step. It's good to see the administration's listening."
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said the change was "specifically designed to make it cheaper for families."
The decision means that U.S. or Canadian citizens 15 or younger who have parental consent will be able to enter the USA with just a birth certificate.
Children ages 16 to 18 also will be allowed to cross with birth certificates if they are part of an adult-supervised school, religious, cultural or athletic group, according to Homeland Security.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., praised the department for changing the rule and "recognizing the low security risk of travel by children."
There will be no change to the new rules for those who fly. Everyone coming into the USA by plane, no matter the age, must show a passport under a portion of the passport rules that took effect Jan. 23.
The passport rules affecting those entering the USA from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, the Caribbean, and Central and South America have been controversial since they were announced in 2005 as part of a post-9/11 effort to tighten security along the nation's borders.
Critics said the rules would be too costly for families, would discourage cross-border travel and tourism and would damage the economy in border communities.
That criticism softened Thursday. "We are very pleased" with the exemption for children, said Melisa Leclerc, spokeswoman for Canadian Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day. "We want to ensure there will still be a smooth flow of legitimate trade and travel on the border."
The Homeland Security and State departments are working on other modifications to the rules, including developing a high-tech border-crossing card that would be less expensive and easier to obtain than a passport. The new ID would be called a Passport Card.
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