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US Citizens watch out, passports required from Jan 1, 2006

The full story was carried in the Cayman Compass, our local “quality” newspaper this week.

**edited to note that this is down to the US Department of Homeland Security, not the Cayman Islands Government**

I’ve often wondered why it is that well over 90% of all US citizens don’t have a passport, but I guess unless they travel beyond the Caribbean they can normally travel with some other kind of ID. Anyway, in this modern world we are all faced with now, the Department of Homeland Security (home of a million confiscated nail clippers and children’s plastic scissors… the last one from personal experience) has now decreed that US citizens can only come and visit us if they get a passport.

Personally I think everyone should have one to travel overseas anyway, but there is a worry about guests being turned away at airports… so please, please everyone, keep on coming to the Caribbean, but don’t forget your passport.

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  1. Sandra
    Posted June 10, 2005 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    That is disappointing. I am glad my daughter got married at the Reef (April 30, 2005). I don’t know how I would have been able to arrange for a passport for my 88 yr. old father and my mother-in-law who is 93, bith living in different states than where I live. You have to first find birth certificates and there’s lots of paper work and they would have to be seen in person at the Passport office, in yet a different city. It would have been a shame for the mto miss the wedding but that’s probably what would have had to happen under these new rules. I think the Caymans should rethink. Matter of fact, some of the guests who did come would not have had enough time to even apply – off icial invitations go out only 6 weeks in advance and it takes longer than that to apply and receive passports. Bah humbug :-( .

  2. Debbie
    Posted June 10, 2005 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think it is up to the Cayman Islands. It was a US decision for reentry of citizens. Canada and Mexico are soon to follow.

  3. TomCayman
    Posted June 10, 2005 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Indeed so, Debbie, it was the might Department of Homeland Secuity that made the decision.

    I agree with it in principle, but, like requiring all of us “aliens” to have biometric passports, they are rushing this through in an impractical time period.

    Just this week the Caribbean countries got together to lobby on this, as the US gave Canada and Mexico 2 more years than the Caribbean to comply.

    Ah, I guess they have better lobbyists than we do !

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