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Old August 22nd, 2006, 12:19 PM
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Default New Passport regulations--tell the government what YOU think

Here is a posting I recently received from the US office of Travel and
Tourism Industries.
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Department of
State (State) announced the proposed requirements for the Western
Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI).


WHTI is the government's plan to implement a provision of the
Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act signed into law in
2004.


DHS and State are providing the public with an opportunity to comment
on the proposed rules and enable them to meet the proposed
requirements. The proposed timeline and requirements would be as
follows:


January 8, 2007 - Passports, Merchant Mariner Document (MMD) or NEXUS
Air cards would be required for all air travel, and most commercial sea


travel, from within the Western Hemisphere for citizens of the United
States, Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda. This is a change from the
previously scheduled date of January 1, in order to accommodate holiday


travel.


January 1, 2008 - The statutory deadline for all Western Hemisphere
travel, including land border travel. Passports or other accepted
documents determined to sufficiently denote identity and citizenship
will be required for anyone crossing at a land border, as well as air
and sea.


Together, these two proposed rules set forth the requirements of the
Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI).


The Department of Homeland Security is issuing an economic assessment
of the proposed rule for air and sea. The public may provide input
and/or comment on both the proposed rule and the economic assessment on


or before September 24, 2006.


Those wishing to comment on the proposed rule may access the Federal
Rule Making Portal at:
http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2...edocket.access....


and follow the instructions for submitting comments. Submissions must
include the agency name and docket number CBP 2006-0097.


For more information, visit www.dhs.gov or www.travel.state.gov.
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