do you need a passport to travel to puertorico from chicago?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    National U.S.A. (US)

    Destination PUERTO RICO (U.S.A.) (PR)

    PUERTO RICO (U.S.A.) (PR)

    Passport required. However, if arriving from:

    1. Mainland U.S.A., Alaska, Guam, Hawaii or U.S. Virgin Isl.:

    no entry documents required due to no immigration control;

    2. - Central or South America; or

    - Bermuda, Canada or Greenland; or

    - the West Indies, Caribbean or Society Islands:

    Proof of Citizenship also accepted, e.g. birth certificate,

    naturalization papers, U.S. expired passport.

    so, the answer is no. but FAA requires you show gov-issued photo ID if you're 18 or older in order to board your flight

    (disregard answer from Macaw Lov... She is probably one of those "travel specialists" whose clients get stranded and denied boarding because they got inaccurate and erroneous information from someone who is supposed to know better.)

    Source(s): the above was copy/pasted from IATA's www.timaticweb.com (travel information for the air passenger industry - what your airline must go by)
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  • Terri
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Apparently not!

    http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.htm...

    The passport requirement does NOT apply to U.S. citizens traveling to or returning directly from a U.S. territory. U.S. citizens returning directly from a U.S. territory are not considered to have left the United States and do not need to present a passport. U.S. territories include the following: Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Swains Island, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Get your passport without visa and you're ready to go.Since you're going to be an air flight passenger,you will need a passport.You should get a passport if you want to travel by air.if you have any identification card or document,keep it handy because as you walk alone no one would no that you are an American citizen or an illegal immigrant.

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  • Pam
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Terri is partially right.....the US State Dept. isn't requiring a passport to Puerto Rico, however many airlines are requiring you to have a passport and it is perfectly within there rights to require one from the passenger. If you don't have it, you will not be going so hurry up and get your passport!

    Many will I'm sure might disagree, but just remember this is my job that I do day in and day out and I know what i'm doing.

    Source(s): Travel Specialist - 8 Years
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  • 3 years ago

    No. Puerto Rico is a basic wealth of the country. in case you're a US citizen leaving from the states to Puerto Rico, it somewhat is comparable to travelling from California to Arizona. desire I helped.

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  • 1 decade ago

    no but it would be helpful to have one for travel to neighboring areas - see below:

    New Requirements for Travelers

    * Media Notes

    * Flyers & Fact Sheet

    * Frequently Asked Questions

    * Federal Regulations

    Under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)

    The proposed implementation timeline has two phases:

    * Beginning January 23, 2007, ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda will be required to present a valid passport, Air NEXUS card, or U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Document, or an Alien Registration Card, Form I-551, if applicable.

    * As early as January 1, 2008, ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda by land or sea (including ferries), may be required to present a valid passport or other documents as determined by the Department of Homeland Security. While recent legislative changes permit a later deadline, the Departments of State and Homeland Security are working to meet all requirements as soon as possible. Ample advance notice will be provided to enable the public to obtain passports or passport cards for land/sea entries.

    The passport requirement does NOT apply to U.S. citizens traveling to or returning directly from a U.S. territory. U.S. citizens returning directly from a U.S. territory are not considered to have left the United States and do not need to present a passport. U.S. territories include the following: Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Swains Island, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

    Travel Documents for U.S. Citizens Under WHTI

    Under the proposed implementation plan, the following documents will be acceptable to fulfill document requirements:

    * U.S. Passport: U.S. citizens may present a valid U.S. passport when traveling via air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda, and may also use a U.S. passport when traveling via sea and land borders (including ferry crossings).

    * The Passport Card (also referred to as the PASS Card): This limited-use passport in card format is currently under development and will be available for use for travel only via land or sea (including ferries) between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. Similar in size to a credit card, it will fit easily into a wallet.

    * DOS and DHS also anticipate that the following documents will continue to be acceptable for their current travel uses under WHTI: SENTRI, NEXUS, FAST, and the U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Document. As proposed, members of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty traveling on orders will continue to be exempt from the passport requirement.

    Background

    The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 requires the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State to develop and implement a plan to require all travelers, U.S. citizens and foreign nationals alike, to present a passport or other document, or a combination of documents, that denote identity and citizenship when entering the United States. Congress amended portions of the Act in 2006. The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative is the Administration’s proposed plan to implement this mandate.

    The goal of the Initiative is to strengthen border security and facilitate entry into the United States for U.S. citizens and legitimate foreign visitors by providing standardized, secure and reliable documentation which will allow the Department of Homeland Security to quickly, reliably and accurately identify a traveler.

    Media Notes

    * 11/22/2006 Passports Required for Air Travel to United States as of January 23, 2007

    * 10/17/2006 Department of State to Introduce Passport Card

    Flyers & Fact Sheet

    * Fact Sheet - Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (pdfPDF)

    * Flyer on Passport Requirement for Air Travel to United States as of January 23, 2007 (pdfPDF)

    Frequently Asked Questions

    * Frequently Asked Questions about the New Travel Initiative Requirements (FAQs)

    Federal Regulations

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    Final Rule - Air Phase (pdf PDF)

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    Proposed Rule - Passport Card (pdf PDF)

    *

    Comments Submitted in Passport Card Rule Making Proceeding (DOS-2006-0329-0001)

    Other Relevant Links

    * Department of Homeland Security

    * U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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