passports now needed for canada us mexico travel

@irisheyes (4372)
United States
January 18, 2007 7:28pm CST
Effective next Tuesday, Jan 23rd all air travelers between the US, Canada & Mexico will be required to present passports. Phased over the next year or so the new regulations will also apply to land travelers. How do you feel about this? I admit to being conflicted. We are one continent and it seems that with the European Union and the alliances being formed by emerging nations, we should be banding together more as a continent. On the other hand there are immigration and safety issues. So, will the new passport requirements improve things or make them worse?
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@judyt00 (3500)
• Canada
19 Jan 07
Sad isn't it that we can't even trust our neighbours? All it is is another reason for Americans to be even more insular and anothercash grab by governments. From what people have told me, it takes about 3 months to get a passport now, even if you have all the papers filled out, can find someone authorized to sign the documents and have the time to stand in line a whole day!
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@Bev1986 (1425)
• United States
19 Jan 07
I'm disappointed in this as well. My daughter is going to Quebec this summer for a French class trip. The cost for the 5 day trip is already $800, and now we found out she has to have a passport too! This is one expensive trip! And to top things off, she will be gone over her 17th birthday :( This will be the first birthday that she hasn't been home with me.... she's growing up!
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@irisheyes (4372)
• United States
20 Jan 07
That is a VERY expensive trip but I'm sure it will create memories that your daughter will treasure forever...She's a lucky kid.
@Bev1986 (1425)
• United States
23 Jan 07
Thanks, I need to keep thinking that as I'm writing the payment checks! lol!
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@Eskimo (2317)
20 Jan 07
Don't be silly, passports can be forged, even the latest types, if every passport has to be looked at, then there is a greater chance that forged ones will be missed. What reason is there to suppose that only nice people will have passports anyway. There is a growing resentment in Europe with the amoun of documents that Europeans have to provide before they can travel to U.S.A even just for a holiday.
@irisheyes (4372)
• United States
20 Jan 07
You make some interesting points. I recall seeing on a TV newscast where a female border guard between the US & Canada looked into the eyes of a guy in a car and didn't like what she saw. When a search was done there were makings for bombs in the car trunk and he had some pretty heavy terrorist connections. I wonder if she would have gotten that hunch if she were focused on checking his passport.
• United States
19 Jan 07
I personally like this new requirement. I live in West Texas. My ex-husband moved to a Mexico-Bordered Town (Laredo). Even though I have requested he not cross the border with my children while they are in his possession he has done this repeatedly. His new wife is from Mexico and her family lives there still. They go into Mexico to visit them with my kids. What happens when they decide to not come back and I can't get my children back?? Or what if he takes them over there and something happens to one of them (they are all blonde hair/blue eyed boys)?? By enforcing this passport requirement he will not be able to cross over with them. In order for him to get a passport for them both parent's signatures are required and that won't happen unlessed he forges my signature and then that is big time against the law. I have been waiting for this law to go into effect for the last two years and thankfully it is in it's final stages.
@irisheyes (4372)
• United States
20 Jan 07
Thanks for giving such a unique perspective. I'm sure there are other divorced parents in the same position both on the Mexican & on the Canadian border.
@sproutz (260)
• Canada
19 Jan 07
It doesn't affect me right now. When it does I will just stick to my own country. (I am in Canada) I like to go to the US to visit but I could never live there nor pay the money for a passport to visit here and there. (I don't fly so going to other countries isn't happening any time soon.)
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@sproutz (260)
• Canada
19 Jan 07
edit* I am contect I still have a yr or so left on driving so i will make my final trip and afterwards plan vacations here. :) Seeing my own country will be alot of fun!
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@missyd79 (3438)
• United States
19 Jan 07
i just think it will complicate things espically betwee the us and the candian border, because before you just need ur birth certificate and that was it. i mean there have always been problems with the mexico border, but i never heard of problems with the cadian border.
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@irisheyes (4372)
• United States
22 Jan 07
I think the problem with the Canadian border is that terrorists have been stopped at that border in the past.
@badkat83 (1621)
• United States
22 Jan 07
well i was somewhere the other day and someone told me that this is changed. that you only are required to have a passport in air travel. i don't know if this is true. i think they should have one for anything, as you are going into a different country. i would love to go to canada as i have never been there.
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• United States
20 Jan 07
I'm confused, I was only 15 back then so I didn't pay much attention, but I thought we had to have passports back then too. I'm 24 now so it wasn't very long ago. But, maybe my father just wanted us to have them to be safe.
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@mirage108 (3403)
• United States
20 Jan 07
I dont know it seem like it might make it worse. Think about Niagra Falls you have a US side of the falls and a Canadian side of the falls, one side or the other will loose money from tourists unless they have passports if you know what I mean I am sure there are other areas of Tourism also.
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@SageMother (2277)
• United States
20 Jan 07
I sounds like a logical consequence of closing the borders. I think that passports might improve things assuming there is someone around to look at each and every one. It is most likely to happen at airports but that doesn't cover the miles of border on land. Let's face it. its a way for governments to keep tabs on where their citizens are going, moreso than tracking terrorists.
@kareng (34413)
• United States
19 Jan 07
Riverboat - A riverboat cruising the Mississippi River
I think with the major problems of illegal immigrants coming into the United States, it is a good idea. I was a little surprised by this when I first heard about it. My mother in law is going on a cruise to Alaska. They were told they would need a passport because they would also be going into Cananda. It will be a drag at first, but people will get used to it, just like the increased security at airports.
• Poland
19 Jan 07
I think make them worse...
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@crazynurse (7484)
• United States
19 Jan 07
Although it will be a pain in the butt, I imagine it is for the best. I remember on one of our vacations, we ended up deep into Texas (further and longer than we intended to stay) and decided to go to Mexico on two different afternoons. Good thing this wasn't instituted then, because we wouldn't have been able to take the impromptu trip into Mexico without a passport. Since we didn't expect going to Mexico, we didn't leave home with either a passport or papers to obtain one!
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• United States
19 Jan 07
What is the problem? It isn't with us, or most of our neighbors. It is with the foreign nationals who come into the US thru Canada & Mexico, & the illegal Mexicans & South Americans coming thru Mexico. I already have a passport & have always take in with me to exit the country, no matter where I am going. I used to go to Canada once or twice a year. It has expired, but I will renew it, I have no problem with that! I think it is a positive step, & will hopefully seal our borders a little better!
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
19 Jan 07
It was supposed to happen in 2006, but they delayed it. We got our passports last year when we booked a cruise for this April. I'm glad we had them because we went to Jamaica unexpectedly and it made it so much easier! Right now land and sea travelers do not need a passport, only those traveling by air. I think the rest goes into effect in Ocotober??? I think it's a great idea! Although people can get fake passports so it's really not that much safer. It just speeds things up at the airport if all the documents look the same and they can find what they are looking for easily.
@isasice (2015)
• Iceland
19 Jan 07
Be glad that something is being done to try to protect your country. Even in a small country like Iceland, we can't leave the country or enter it again withour our passports. This is done for your security.
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• India
19 Jan 07
i sujaction is very one of the best rules, so in this not other person do not used
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@Pekachu (1112)
• United States
19 Jan 07
Im not sure but it deffinately puts a stop to my going to canada i have no passport
• United States
19 Jan 07
World Travel - Passorts!
I don't think it will make much difference. Most air travelers already have them. I would hope that when it applies to land travelers it might help with the control of illegal immigrants, but even then I have my doubts it will make much difference.
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• India
19 Jan 07
thanks for ur information...