If you're planning to fly into Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean's, Central or South America or even Bermuda, listen up you now have to have a passport to get back in the country. It's all apart of the new regulations to try and keep America safer.
Starting last Wednesday the new regulation went into place and in the next year their will be more to follow. Starting in January of 2008 travelers will have to have passports when they go on cruises or travel by land to certain destinations.
In Savannah the United States Postal Service is trying to alleviate some of the confusion by holding passport fairs at certain locations. On Thursday and Friday they set of shop at the Savannah College of Art and Design's Student Center to get travelers squared away before they leave on their trips. Travelers said for the most part they were fine with the changes. "I think it provides another means to track people in the country who may be here illegally," said Savannah resident, Thomas Wallace, "I think it's a good idea."
With the recent demand for the passports it's now taking about two weeks longer to get those passports, the post office says to expect at least a seven to eight week wait.
If you already have a passport and it has not expired then you do not need to get a new one. The passports themselves have not changed, just the regulations on where you need them.
If you need a passport you can stop by a post office near you. Make sure you bring a photo ID, such as a driver's license, a certified birth certificate and a completed passport application.
If you have a child under the age of 14-years-old both parents have to be present in order for the child to get a passport. If both parents can't be present then there has to be a notarized affidavit from the parent whose not there.
For more information you can log onto www.usps.com/passport.
Reported by: Christy Hutchings, firstname.lastname@example.org