State Dept. Eases Passport Requirements
NBAA and AOPA said that the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative that became effective January 23 this year and required air travelers to carry a passport to fly back into the U.S. from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean or Bermuda was relaxed somewhat last month. Pilots or passengers caught in the midst of the overburdened process of applying for a passport can now simply provide proof that they have done so. The pilot or passenger will be allowed to re-enter the U.S. from the regions mentioned until September 30. After that date, all travelers must have a passport. The Bahamas government said it is following suit and allowing the same requirements for entry.