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Passport possible date postponement

PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2006 11:11 am
by KarenS
From Travel Weekly:
CARIBBEAN WEEK in New York wrapped up June 16 with a push by tourism officials to postpone to June 2009 the first phase of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, currently set to take effect Jan. 1, 2007. Phase 1 would require all citizens to possess a valid passport when entering the country from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Mexico, Latin and South America and Canada by air or sea. "A postponement would help bolster awareness of the new requirement and give travelers more time to get passports," said Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, secretary general of the Caribbean Tourism Association.

MEANWHILE, government and tourism officials are alarmed that the number of applications for new U.S. passports "has been nowhere near the numbers we wanted," Vanderpool-Wallace said. "I will not be comfortable until at least 90% of the U.S. market has passports."