Turks and Caicos Eases Passport Requirements

Turks and Caicos is the latest Caribbean nation to fall into accordance with the revised Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). Revisions to the WHTI were created in response to the backlog of United States passports. Under the temporarily relaxed travel rules, U.S. citizens who have applied for but not yet received passports are now allowed to leave and re-enter the United States by air. Although passports are not currently mandatory for the summer season, travelers still must present a passport application receipt and government issued picture identification to enter Turks and Caicos. Agents are urged to make sure client's air carriers are familiar with the revisions as Travel Agent was recently told by many Caribbean tourism officials during Caribbean Week in New York that there was still confusion and some airlines were turning people away.