new passport rules

The new passport rules have gone into effect, reportedly without problems.

New Passport Rules No Problem on Day One
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The passport requirement is one of the expanding screening procedures implemented by the Department of Homeland Security to snare terrorists and criminals and preempt the use of forged or unauthorized documents.

Toughened travel procedures are the result of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Next year all travelers arriving at land borders and seaports must also carry passports. Currently, residents of the United States, Bermuda and Canada can enter using driver licenses at those points. Mexicans with so-called Border Crossing Cards will need passports at border entry points as well next year.

While authorities braced for possible disruptions and delays at airports on Tuesday, arrivals at MIA and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International went smoothly, according to Mann. That’s because most travelers had passports.


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