What Document are Considered to be a WHTI Documents?

Question & AnswersQuestion: What document are considered to be a WHTI documents? And how should I get a WHTI travel document for my cruise?

Answer:  Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative or WHTI documents require all citizens in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Bermuda and the Caribbean to have a valid passport when entering or departing from the U.S. within the Western Hemisphere. If you do not travel with your passport, you can use a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative document.

Types of WHTI Compliant Documents

When traveling via air, use the WHTI compliant documents which include, a NEXUS card or a Merchant Mariner Document. Also, a Merchant Mariner Documents can be used by U.S. citizens that are traveling on official business. NEXUS cards can provide expedited processing when traveling to or from the United States and Canada.

If you are traveling by sea or land, you can provide an Enhanced Driver’s License, a NEXUS, FAST, or SENTRI card, and/or a valid passport card.

Though it is not completely necessary, you are encourage to carry and use an up-to-date and effective passport while you travel to and from the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean.

You could also obtain a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative such as a passport card. When submitting your passport card document, you will need to complete and provide the following documents.

Passport Photos

Proof of Identity

Photocopy of Proof of Identity,

Proof of Citizenship

The complete and unsign DS-11 or D2-82 application form, and lastly, bring with you the $20 fee for passport card. Give these documents to the agent at the passport application acceptance facility. You will be sworn in and will have to sign the application in front of the agent.

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