I don't know ... but isn't it just easier to get the passport and be done with it?
I'm so glad I got mine in 2004. Even with the added expense of acquiring the first one, it provides a great form of ID and it is good for ten years.
Once the feds began jiggling with these passport rules after 9-11, I could never understand why people just didn't go out and get one and be done with it. You're gonna need a passport at some time anyway.
That is really good news for my family! I have two little sisters, so thats saving an extra $150ish. (until they need them) I will be getting my passport soon since I plan on travelling to England this summer, so I will be glad to get that out of the way for future cruising. I do think that everyone having a passport would make for smoother security checkpoints though.
NCL Dawn 6/21/06 Bermuda
10/30/08 X Constellation Caribbean
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One item I overlooked at first in the story I read (link in my original post) is that kids will still have to have a passport to FLY back into the U..S. If everything goes well and they return via ship, no prob. However, if something causes the family to have to come home early (via airline) then there will be much more hassle getting the un-passported kid back through immigration.
The news story said U.S. and Canadian citizens ages 15 or younger with parental consent will be allowed to cross the borders at land and sea entry points with certified copies of their birth certificates rather than passports.
However, if something causes the family to have to come home early (via airline) then there will be much more hassle getting the un-passported kid back through immigration.
All the more reason, I say, to just bite the bullet and get the kids their own passports. Of course, in your case, Jim, they are your grandkids and I can understand you're not wanting to get four of them passports. That's a major expense. But if I had my own kids who would be traveling with me, I think I'd rather just deal with the expense and avoid possible hassles later on. Eventually, they're gonna need them anyway, so if I plan to travel with them on a regular basis, might as well just get them now.