Each day, Americans purchase discount airline tickets with destinations outside of the United
States. Some do this without realizing that they may need more than their
ticket and a driver license to get a boarding pass. As of 2007, air travel
outside of the U.S. is more regulated. Americans must now present passports if
they want to cross the border of this country.
All air travelers between the U.S. and Mexico, Canada, the
Caribbean, and Bermuda, including children, must present a passport or another
acceptable travel document to enter or re-enter the U.S. Per the Department of
Homeland Security, acceptable documents include a U.S. military ID with travel
orders or if the airport has a NEXUS kiosk, a NEXUS card. Air travelers on
official business may present a U.S. Merchant Mariner Document.
Not all travelers purchase a discount airline ticket to travel in and out of the country. U.S.
citizens entering the U.S. at land or sea ports of entry must present documents
that comply with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). Common
examples include a U.S. passport, passport card, enhanced driver license, or
trusted traveler card such as FAST, SENTRI, or NEXUS. A list of WHTI-compliant
documents is provided on the WHTI website.
Lawful permanent residents of all ages must present a secure
travel document or passport when they enter the U.S. via air. They may present
a Form I-551-Permanent Resident Card when entering via land or sea.
International visitors from every country must present a secure document or
passport to enter the U.S. by air.
Before reserving cheap
airline tickets for a planned vacation, travelers should review the
documentation they will need to provide during the trip. Getting the required
documents in order prior to the trip will make travel a smooth process. After
securing those, click here to find great travel deals to global destinations.
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