Those of you who travel to Mexico will now need a passport to return back to the states. The state department announced the policy change Tuesday, April 5, calling it the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.
Starting December 31, U.S. citizens will need a passport to get back into the country from the Caribbean, Central and South America. Flights and ships from Mexico and Canada will be phased in next year.
By 2008, all travelers, including drivers will need a passport to cross the border. Travel Consultant with National Travel Systems in Lubbock, Ronnie Miller said the new policy will make travel safer.
"Carrying a passport is easier for the government to track them and know where they are and where they've been. It's definitely safer, and I think it's a positive for U.S. citizens," said Miller.
Currently, U.S. citizens returning from Canada or Mexico only need a photo ID.
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