More U.S. passport regulations coming soon

Are you one of the many Americans that still don’t have a passport? Shame on you. But being shamed by some random travel blog on the Internets is the least of your worries, especially if you plan on re-entering the U.S. by land, ferry, or small boat.

According to USA Today, those re-entering after January 30th “must carry either a passport or a government-issued photo ID plus proof of citizenship such as a birth or naturalization certificate.”

I’m surprised this is just now happening. You’d think having the correct documentation is common sense, but I’m sure they’ve had people show up with things like a Macy’s card and a picture of their uncle in front of the Statue of Liberty trying to get across. What? This doesn’t prove anything?

Turnaround time for passports ranges from four to six weeks, so get a move on it.