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Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco): Passports

You need your passport or passport card to travel back from Rocky Point

Many of our travelers want the latest information on passports or passport cards to travel to Rocky Point (Mexico), Puerto Peñasco.

Please read the information below as nothing has really changed from the previous few years regarding these requirements.

In order to travel to Rocky Point (Puerto Peñasco), you need a valid USA Passport or a USA Passport Card (or carnet) authorized by the US Department of State. This requirement has not changed since the US started requiring passports/passport cards to travel by LAND/SEA in 2009. Please know that you are not able to use a USA passport card when you travel by PLANE, you need a valid USA passport.

Children under 16 years of age arriving to USA from Mexico or Canada may present a birth certificate (original or copy). If child is traveling with only one parent or under the supervision of an adult, they must present a notarized parent permission document (authorization to travel).

If you are a resident of the USA of another country, we recommend you contact your immigration office before traveling outside of USA.

If you need to get a passport for the first time, you need to attend in person to any of the many passport centers around the country. Many of these centers are inside of US Post offices. Please visit the following website to understand all the requirements for a new passport and expected timelines such as photos, proof of citizen, etc: www.travel.state.gov

To renew a passport, you can do it by mail if your passport is not damaged and in your possession (unless if was expired 15 years ago or you were under 16 years of age).

Below we are giving you an idea of pricing but you should always visit the official US passport website for the latest pricing:

Passport Book (Traditional):

Adult (first time): $135
Adult (renew): $110
Minor (under 16 years old) – first time or renew: $110

Passport Card (Carnet):

Adult (first time): $55
Adult (renew): $30
Minor (under 16 years old) – first time or renew: $40

On the following website you can find any forms and additional details as well as the latest information.

www.travel.state.gov or by calling this number 1-877-487-2778.

Please contact them directly if you have specific questions about your travel documents and status.

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June 2009 (Archive)

Starting June 1st, 2009, you must have a passport, passport card or other travel documents authorized by the Department of Homeland Security to be able to enter the US from any bordering nations (ie: Mexico) and Caribbean countries when traveling by AIR, LAND or SEA.

Forms and additional details may be obtained at www.travel.state.gov, or by calling 877-487-2778. This is the US Department of Security.

Applicants may obtain either or both of two travel documents: a standard passport book acceptable for all international travel; a passport card acceptable only when entering the United States by land or sea (not air travel) from Mexico, Canada, Bermuda and the Caribbean.

Along with completed and signed forms, applicants must submit proof of citizenship, two color photographs and appropriate fees.

A first-time passport book costs $100 for those 16 or older, $85 for those under 16. Renewals are $75. A passport card for first-time applicants costs $45 for those 16 or older, $35 for younger. Renewals are $20.

Passport delivery takes three to four weeks. Expedited delivery within two weeks is available for an additional $60 fee.

Source: US Department of Security

Passport Update (February 2009)

Before June 1st, 2009, you DO NOT need a passport while traveling by LAND to Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco), Mexico. You need a passport when traveling BY AIR only. If you are traveling by LAND and do not have a passport you need to have two pieces of documentation: a driver’s license and a birth certificate. To order a birth certificate (CLICK HERE TO ORDER BIRTH CERTIFICATES). Other legal documents might be used, please visit www.travel.state.gov for alternate documentations.

As of June 1, U.S. citizens entering the country from bordering nations and Caribbean countries must present a passport book, passport card or other travel document authorized by the Department of Homeland Security.

Forms and additional details may be obtained at www.travel.state.gov, or by calling 877-487-2778. This is the US Department of Security.

Applicants may obtain either or both of two travel documents: a standard passport book acceptable for all international travel; a passport card acceptable only when entering the United States by land or sea (not air travel) from Mexico, Canada, Bermuda and the Caribbean.

Along with completed and signed forms, applicants must submit proof of citizenship, two color photographs and appropriate fees.

A first-time passport book costs $100 for those 16 or older, $85 for those under 16. Renewals are $75. A passport card for first-time applicants costs $45 for those 16 or older, $35 for younger. Renewals are $20.

Passport delivery takes three to four weeks. Expedited delivery within two weeks is available for an additional $60 fee.

Source: US Department of Security

Passport Update (October 2008)

The US passport card is NOW in production. It is a pretty easy process to obtain this passport card (Please know that it can NOT be used to travel by AIR).

You can read more at the US Department of State…CLICK HERE

Passport Update (April 2008)

There are a lot of rumors floating around about passport requirements. The facts are that starting January 31st, unless you have a US passport, every traveler will need a drivers license and a birth certificate to come back across the border. Children under 18 will only need a birth certificate. If you do not have your birth certificate handy, simply go online and order a birth certificate. (CLICK HERE TO ORDER BIRTH CERTIFICATES)

If you have a passport, it will just make things smoother as you come across the border. We have been told that passports will not be required until June of 2009 but we will keep you posted if anything changes.

For now, get your drivers license and birth certificates ready and have a great vacation!!

READ more below….

Passport update, December 16 2007 (information Source: US HomeLand Security Website) http://www.dhs.gov/xtrvlsec/crossingborders/whtibasics.shtm
Traveling to Canada, Mexico and Bermuda by Air

U.S. citizens and citizens of Canada, Mexico and Bermuda traveling by air between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda are required to present a valid passport or other WHTI-compliant documentation to enter (or depart) the U.S.

Traveling to Canada, Mexico and Bermuda by Land/Sea

Beginning January 31, 2008, the Department plans to move towards WHTI implementation at land and sea ports of entry by ending the routine practice of accepting oral declarations of citizenship alone.

Citizens of the United States, Canada, Bermuda and Mexico will need to present the following to enter or depart the United States by land or sea:
U.S. and Canadian Citizens

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Ages 19 and older: a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, along with proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate or naturalization certificate
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Children ages 18 and younger: proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate.
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Passports and trusted traveler program cards – NEXUS, SENTRI and FAST – will continue to be accepted for cross-border travel.

Citizens from Bermuda

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Passport issued by the Government of Bermuda or the United Kingdom.

Citizens from Mexico

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As under current entry requirements, Mexican nationals, regardless of age, must present a passport issued by the Government of Mexico and a visa, or a valid Form DSP-150, B-1/B-2 laser visa (Border Crossing Card).
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Trusted traveler program cards – NEXUS, SENTRI and FAST – will continue to be accepted for cross-border travel.

Right now the vast majority of people drive to Rocky Point. With a rise in small-craft air travel and the coming international airport construction, however, flying to Puerto Peñasco is becoming more and more of a reality for the future. Thus you might want to consider getting a passport if you will be going to Rocky Point a lot after Jan 1, 2008.

From: http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html

Implemented on January 23, 2007, ALL PERSONS traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean region are required to present a passport or other valid travel document to enter or re-enter the United States.

LAND AND SEA TRAVEL
The following summarizes information available on the Department of Homeland Security’s website.

JANUARY 31, 2008
U.S. and Canadian citizens will need to present either a WHTI-compliant document , or a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, plus proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate. DHS also proposes to begin alternative procedures for U.S. and Canadian children at that time.

SUMMER 2008
At a later date, to be determined, the departments will implement the full requirements of the land and sea phase of WHTI. The proposed rules require most U.S. citizens entering the United States at sea or land ports of entry to have either a U.S. passport; a U.S. passport card; a trusted traveler card such as NEXUS, FAST, or SENTRI; a valid Merchant Mariner Document (MMD) when traveling in conjunction with official maritime business; or a valid U.S. Military identification card when traveling on official orders.

WHTI-compliant documents:

U.S. Passport: U.S. citizens may present a valid U.S. passport when traveling via air, land or sea between the U.S. and the aforementioned Western Hemisphere countries.
The Passport Card: This limited-use, wallet-size passport card is not yet available and is under development. When available it will only be valid for land and sea travel between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean region (includes Bermuda).
Other Accepted Travel Documents: SENTRI, NEXUS, FAST and the U.S. Coast Guard Mariner Document. Members of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty traveling on orders are exempt from the passport requirement. DHS has more information on these travel documents. This information may be seen at www.dhs.gov.

The implementation date will be determined based on a number of factors, including the progress of actions undertaken by the Department of Homeland Security to implement the WHTI requirements and the availability of WHTI compliant documents on both sides of the border. DHS and DOS expect the date of full WHTI implementation to be in the summer of 2008. The precise implementation date will be formally announced with at least 60 days notice.

See also:travel.state.gov’s ‘New Requirements for Travelers’
See also:travel.state.gov’s ‘Tips For Travelers To Mexico’
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