Passport information from the Department of State

Published Thursday, October 5, 2017

Many of our clients ask about proof of citizenship for their trips. For some itineraries US citizens may bring a government issued birth certificate with government issued photo ID others require passports books.  Passport cards might be a good for some uses but realize you can not fly into foreign destination, they are best for border crossings or domestic travel.  We recommend a U.S. passport book for any travel that includes a foreign destination whether or not it is required for the trip.  It is the best form of proof of citizenship with the most uses.  Non-US citizens should check with their immigration office for the requirements for travel.

Here are some helpful links

US State Department Passport Information
STEP Enrollment - The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

REAL ID - Effective January 22, 2018, air travelers with identification (ID) that does not meet the REAL ID Act requirements or whose state does not have an extension  must present an alternate form of ID in order to board a domestic flight. The U.S. passport book and U.S. passport card are both Real ID compliant and can be used for domestic air travel.   Check to see if you state ID is compliant.

Check the requirements of your destination.  Every country has their own requirements for foreigners to enter.  The State Department’s Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management (ACS) administers the Consular Information Program, which informs the public of conditions abroad that may affect their safety and security. Country Specific Information, Travel Alerts, and Travel Warnings are vital parts of this program.  You will find the location of the U.S. embassy and any consular offices, information about whether you need a visa, crime and security information, health and medical considerations, drug penalties, localized hot spots and more. This is a good place to start learning about where you are going. 

Keep in mind that personal circumstances that we are not aware of may affect your entry into a foreign destination.  Please be proactive and know your requirements to avoid any hassles while traveling.