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Do U.S. citizens need a passport?

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Do U.S. citizens need a passport?

Postby Anthony » Tue May 02, 2006 8:14 am

Do U.S. citizens need a passport to travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands?
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Passports?

Postby CariBert » Tue May 02, 2006 8:53 am

Where to begin with this one? No, you do not need a passport to travel to the USVI's, but if you wish to leave the country it will be a requirement in the near future. The BVI's are "out" of the country. As of right now, you can visit them using a drivers license, but it is ever so much easier to obtain a passport. Having a passport allows you quick and easy entry and exit in the customs line. The investment in a passport is well worth every penny!
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Postby Anthony » Wed May 03, 2006 5:45 am

And here is the current State Dept. info on this subject:

<blockquote>"Will this requirement apply to travel between the United States and Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands?

The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative will not affect travel between the United States and its territories. U.S. citizens traveling between the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa will continue to be able to use established forms of identification to board flights and for entry.

If traveling outside the United States or a U.S. territory, a passport or other secure document will be required. For example, a person may travel to and from the United States to the U.S. Virgin islands without a passport or other secure document, but under proposed regulations, a passport or other secure document would be required to re-enter the U.S. Virgin Islands from the British Virgin Islands or another country as of December 31, 2006."</blockquote>

This information is from this DOS page: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2225.html
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