Congress has extended a controversial Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative deadline by 17 months, making June 1, 2009 the new deadline by which people traveling via land or sea from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama, Mexico, and Canada must have a passport, or other accepted document, to enter, or re-enter, the United States. A January 8, 2007 deadline requiring passports for people traveling via air still stands. This could be challenging for planners as a fairly small percentage of Americans ...

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