Thousands of Yiddin will be traveling to Niagara Falls on Chol Hamoed. Many of them will be forced to make a U-Turn after a 8 or 9 hour trip because of Passport requirements. Here is the correct information to ensure that you don’t have an issue:
ALL PERSONS traveling by air outside of the United States are required to present a passport book or other valid travel document to enter or re-enter the United States.
ALL PERSONS traveling by land and sea outside of the United States are required to present a passport book/card, or other valid travel documents to enter or re-enter the United States.
The following summarizes information available on the Department of Homeland Security’s website:
Effective June 1, 2009, all U.S. citizens are now required to present a passport book, passport card, or WHTI-compliant document when entering the United States.
Please Note: Children under age 16 will be able to continue crossing land and sea borders using only a U.S. birth certificate (or other form of U.S. citizenship such as a naturalization certificate.). The original birth certificate or a copy may be used. See the Department of Homeland Securitys Ready, Set.. Go! for more information on the changing travel requirements.
(Barry Klein – Fastport Passport, LLC / YWN World Headquarters – NYC)
You can get a passport within the day if you follow the instructions on the US passport website, gather the required documentation including proof of travel within 14 days, and go to the passport office in Manhattan, Philadelphia, Washington or Boston. (if you live in the northeast). If you go to Philly carefully follow parking signs – they tow immediately – I just spent the day in the pound 🙁