U.S launches new rules to travelers

September 6th, 2008 - 12:33 pm ICT by Bupha Ravirot  

U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency has launched the next phase of of public education campaign about their upcoming changes ‘new travel document requirements’.

To educate the public about cross-border document requirements of travelers that will take effect on June 1, 2009, under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). CBP has started launching the news through a national television, print and online advertising campaign, National Football League season kickoff game and website GetYouHome.gov.

Regarding CBP Assistant Commissioner Thomas S. Winkowski

“We will continue our efforts to remind travelers who don’t already have a document that they still have time to obtain one in advance of the June 2009 compliance date. The agency is committed to implementing WHTI in a common-sense, flexible way that facilitates the flow of legitimate travelers and improves the security of our borders.”

WHTI is the joint Departments of State and Homeland Security plan that implements a 9/11 Commission recommendation to establish document requirements for travelers entering the U.S. who were previously exempt, including citizens of the U.S., Canada and Bermuda.

On June 1, next year, travelers is to be submitted their valid and acceptable documents with identity and citizenship denoted when they enter U.S. both land and sea. There are totally 6 different documentation options , travelers will select 1 depends on each person needs.

For passport, there are other documents that CBP will accept at land and sea ports of entry from U.S. and Canadian citizens coming from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean, including new U.S. Passport Card, new state/province-issued enhanced driver’s licenses and the three CBP-trusted traveler program cards (NEXUS, SENTRI and FAST). Among the U.S. Passport or those cards, travelers can select the documentation option that best fits their needs. Details on each of these options are available at www.GetYouHome.gov.

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