Murkowski Reminds Alaskans of New Law Concerning Passports
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Due to a new law taking effect today that greatly impacts Alaskans, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, urged Alaskans to apply for a U.S. Passport or a U.S. Passport Card as soon as possible if they travel regularly to and from Canada.
The new law, known as the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), requires that all U.S. citizens present a valid U.S. Passport or passport card when traveling to and from the United States. This presents unique challenges for Alaskans who conduct business on a frequent basis in Canada. Alaskans will no longer be able to present only a drivers license and citizenship document at border crossings.
Many Alaskans have expressed concerns over the costs of obtaining and renewing passports. Murkowski encouraged Alaskans to carefully consider their travel needs to determine if they need a U.S. Passport or if a less costly U.S. Passport Card may be a better alternative.
“For Alaskans who travel internationally by air, they must obtain a U.S. Passport,” Murkowski said. “A U.S. Passport Card is less expensive than a U.S. Passport, but it is only valid for land and sea travel. It is not valid for international air travel. I encourage all Alaskans to become familiar with this new law and obtain the best option for their daily lives.”
More information on the WHIT and how to apply for a passport or passport card can be found at www.getyouhome.gov