The DOS and DHS have announced a temporary suspension of the passport requirements in connection with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). Through September 30, 2007, U.S. citizens who have applied for, but not obtained, a U.S. passport and who are entering or reentering the U.S. by air from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, or Bermuda will be permitted to enter with a government-issued photo identifi cation document and offi cial proof of a pending passport application from the DOS. Children, 16 years and under, traveling with their parents or legal guardian will be permitted to travel with offi cial proof of a pending passport application. Applicants may obtain offi cial proof of their pending applications at http://www.travel. state.gov/passport/get/status/status_2567.html.
The temporary suspension resulted from the increased demand for U.S. passports since the implementation of the WHTI, which requires U.S. citizens and nonimmigrants who are citizens of Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda to present valid passports or other acceptable travel documents when entering or reentering the United States by air from within the Western Hemisphere. Note that the temporary suspension of WHTI passport requirements applies only to U.S. citizens; the passport requirements remain in effect for non-immigrants who are citizens of Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda.