I thought it was a joke when I first saw it, but the US State Department is celebrating “Passport Day” this coming Saturday, March 28. It’s designed to get more people to sign up for passports, now that the rules have tightened considerably for US citizens traveling outside of the 50 states, its territories, commonwealths and protectorates. From the press release:
As of January 23, 2007, everyone traveling in and out of the United States by air needs a passport. On June 1, 2009, U.S. citizens must present a passport book, passport card, or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry.
Bottom line: Get a passport if you don’t have one. ALL passport offices in the United States will be open this Saturday. Go and get it done if you’ve been putting it off. And actually try to use it!