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IT IS RECOMMENDED TO REGISTER WITH THE STEP PROGRAM WHEN TRAVELING INTERNATIONAL:
What is STEP?
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.
Benefits of Enrolling in STEP
• Receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make plans.
• Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.
• Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.
You may want to register with the Embassy which you can go at https://step.state.gov/step/ in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.
DO I NEED A PASSPORT BOOK OR A PASSPORT CARD?
Beginning October 1, 2020, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or another acceptable form of ID to fly within the United States.
How Do I Know if I Have a Real ID? Check for the Star.
REAL ID-compliant cards are marked with a star at the top of the card. If you’re not sure, contact your state driver’s license agency on how to obtain a REAL ID compliant card.
For info by state, including where to obtain a REAL ID, visit the DHS REAL ID website and click your state on the map.
Note: Legacy Ohio driver’s licenses have a gold star marking on the card, however REAL ID compliant Ohio driver’s licenses have a black cut-out star. If you are not sure whether your card is compliant, contact the Ohio driver’s license issuing agency.
About Enhanced Driver’s Licenses
Michigan, Vermont, Minnesota, and New York states issue REAL ID and state-issued enhanced driver’s licenses, both of which are acceptable. Washington state issues enhanced driver’s licenses only.
State-issued enhanced driver’s licenses are marked with a flag. These documents will be accepted at the airport security checkpoint when the REAL ID enforcement goes into effect.
It’s the law.
Acceptible Forms of Identification to Fly Within the U.S.
Adult passengers 18 and over must show valid identification at the airport checkpoint in order to travel.
• Real ID Compliant Driver’s licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent)
• U.S. passport
• U.S. passport card
• DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
• U.S. Department of Defense ID, including IDs issued to dependents
• Permanent resident card
• Border crossing card
• State-issued Enhanced Driver’s License
• Federally recognized, tribal-issued photo ID
• HSPD-12 PIV card
• Foreign government-issued passport
• Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
• Transportation worker identification credential
• U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
• U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential
In coordination with its DHS counterparts, TSA has identified acceptable alternate identification for use in special circumstances at the checkpoint.
DO I NEED A PASSPORT BOOK OR A PASSPORT CARD TO TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF THE U.S.?
The below link has the information regarding the differences between a passport book and passport card:
• A passport BOOK is required for all international flights. A passport book applies for international travel by air, sea, or land. A passport CARD cannot be used for flying.
• A passport CARD is only acceptable for: Entering the United States at land border crossings and sea ports-of-entry from Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Travel must be booked in one’s FULL LEGAL NAME as it appears on their documentation of citizenship (Real ID Driver’s License or Passport) – No nicknames, incorrect spellings, different surnames, etc. will be accepted. For anyone traveling internationally, a valid passport is required and must be valid for 6 months after your trip end date, unless you are taking certain “closed loop” cruises from a US port. Even if the cruise line does not require a passport for this cruise, Destination Fun Travel recommends that ALL passengers travel with a Passport BOOK. If one would have a travel emergency and need to fly home from outside the US, they will be denied boarding without a passport BOOK.
MINOR TRAVELING ALONE OR WITH ONE PARENT:
If a minor is traveling with only one or neither parent present, then you need to download the Unaccompanied Minor Travel Consent Form
IMPORTANT! CHECK COUNTRY VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS:
IMPORTANT: Some countries may require certain vaccinations for entrance. Because Destination Fun Travel does not know your travel history as well as vaccination history, be sure to refer to the CDC website regarding any required vaccinations, etc. Destination Fun Travel will not be responsible if clients are denied boarding or denied entry into the country. The CDC website link is http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.
Denial of Entry
IMPORTANT! INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL AND DENIAL OF ENTRY:
Passengers traveling to any international destination must have a valid passport and, for non-U.S. citizens, valid entry documents.
• Passport – Apply several months in advance for a new passport. If you already have one, it should be valid for at least six months after you return home and have two or more blank pages, depending on your destination. Otherwise, some countries may not let you enter.
• Children’s passports – Passports issued for children under age 16 are valid for only five years, not 10 years like adult passports. Check passport expiration dates carefully and renew early.
• Europe Travel via Canada and UK – Europe’s 26 Schengen countries strictly enforce the six-month validity rule. If you are transiting through Canada or the UK – which do not have that requirement – your passport must be valid at least six months or airlines may not let you board your onward flight to Europe.
• Visas – You may need to get a visa before you travel to a foreign destination. Contact the embassy of the countries you will be visiting for more information.
• Requirements – Research entry/exit requirements, visas, laws, customs, medical care, road safety, etc. in the countries you will be visiting at travel.state.gov/destination.
Write down contact details for the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to carry with you in case of emergency while traveling.
DENIAL OF ENTRY – Certain countries may deny entry to travelers with even a minor criminal record, and if not a U.S. citizen, entry back into the United States. Check with the U.S. Embassy and the embassy or consulate of the country being visited to ensure you can travel as planned.
Destination Fun Travel is not responsible for any passenger who is unable to travel as a result of their failure to have the required travel documents, or is denied entry into any country or re-entry back into the U.S.
TSA 3-1-1 Liquids Rule & Duty Free Purchases
You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes through the checkpoint. These are limited to 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. This is also known as the 3-1-1 liquids rule. If you purchased duty free liquids that are larger than 3 oz. and you have a connecting flight, you must put the liquids in your checked luggage after immigration before checking your luggage to its final destination. You will need to go through TSA again after custom/immigration. Here is a link for important TSA Travel Tips: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/travel-tips