The U.S. administration has delayed implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) with regards to land and sea travel. Passports for U.S. and Canadian citizens will not be a firm requirement as of January 2008; that requirement will be delayed for approximately 6 months. However, we still recommend that anyone travelling to or from the U.S. should obtain a passport. Passport offices in both countries have had increased applications, which have caused delays in passport processing. For example, it was recently announced that wait times for new U.S. passports had climbed from three weeks to three months because of a backlog of 3 million applications.