PASSPORT & VISA INFORMATION
Traveling abroad? New passport requirements are now in effect. Get the latest information on your passport, visa, and health requirements—which can vary by travel mode—well in advance of your trip. We strongly recommends that every traveler be prepared by having a passport; if you don't have one, allow a minimum of 6–8 weeks to obtain one.
Air travel: Passports are now required for all U.S. citizens traveling to or from any international destination via air, with the exception of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
U,S, Citizens traveling to Brazil also require a valid Visa - This requirement also applies to citizens of additional selected countries.
Land and sea travel: From January 31, 2008 to June 1, 2009, U.S. citizens traveling to or from the Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, the Caribbean, and Mexico via land or sea ports must present a government-issued photo ID in addition to proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate. A voter’s registration card and social security card are not considered to be proof of citizenship. Children under the age of 16 do not require a government-issued photo ID.
Beginning June 1, 2009, passports will be required for all U.S. citizens traveling to or from the United States via land, sea, and air—regardless of destination.
United States citizens can visit the State Department’s web site http://travel.state.gov/, or call the U.S. National Passport Information Center: (877) 4USA-PPT. Please allow at minimum 6–8 weeks for processing of the passport application. If you need to travel urgently and require a passport sooner, expedited processing is available.
For information, please visit: http://travel.state.gov/passport/about/npic/npic_898.html
To find out more information about how to obtain a passport, please visit: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html
To find foreign country entry requirements, please visit: http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/brochures/brochures_1229.html.
To find U.S. entry requirements for non-citizens, please visit: http://travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html.
IT IS THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PASSENGER TO ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE CORRECT AND VALID DOCUMENTATION FOR THEIR TRIP.
CHILDREN TRAVELING ALONE
General Age Guidelines:
Airline rules vary, but, generally this is what to expect on domestic flights:
Children ages 1 - 4 may fly only when accompanied by an adult. A child must be at least 5 to fly alone.
Children ages 5 - 7 can take a direct flight to a single destination but not connecting flights.
Children 8 and up may change aircraft on most airlines.
If they're between 8 and 11, they will be escorted by airline personnel to their connecting flight. A significant extra charge for this service is usually charged.
Older Children -- age 12 and up -- may not be routinely escorted, but you can request this assistance.
Anyone under the age of 17 who is flying alone on an international flight must have a signed note from a parent or responsible adult giving permission, destination and length of stay.
Please always check the requirements with the Airlines as these conditions are subject to change and also vary by Airline.
Minors must be met at their destination by another parent or responsible adult previously identified to the Airline.