WAITING FOR YOUR PASSPORT? You can still travel to The Caribbean.
If you are one of the nearly 3 million passport applicants experiencing a 12-week or more delay for your application to be processed, you can still take that summer vacation to the Caribbean without a passport - at least until September 30, 2007.
On June 8th, the US Departments of State and Homeland Security announced that US citizens traveling to countries in the Caribbean who have not received passports BUT HAVE ALREADY APPLIED, can re-enter the US by air as long as they present a printed receipt showing that they have applied, along with a photo ID and birth certificate.
You will need to provide this documentation, with your "printed passport status page", to airline personnel upon departure and re-entry to the US.
Adults who have applied should present a government issued photo ID (such as a driver's license) and an official proof of application for a passport from the US Department of State. Children under the age of 16 traveling with their parents or legal guardian will be permitted to travel with the child's proof of application status. This applies to all American citizens who apply for passports, until September 30, 2007 when this accommodation period ends.
For information on how to obtain an official proof of passport application, go to:
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