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TxTravelPro Nov 1st, 2004 05:03 AM

Has anyone traveled to Cancun without passport or birth certif?
 
I know this probably belongs on the Mexico board but this is the board I watch, and I figure y'all know.
I ALWAYS have a passport when I travel outside of the US.
My husband who has not traveled outside of the US in 7 years decided at the last minute to go with me tomorrow to Cancun.
Of course his passport is expired AND he has no copy of his birth certificate.
He DOES have valid military ID, Valid TX license and we could take the recent letter we got from Social Security with his name and address and summary of wages.
You think that'll be enough?
I know with TJ it is PLENTY only a drivers license works.
Anyone been in a similar situation?

Leona Nov 1st, 2004 05:20 AM

I can't WAIT to see the replies to this one.

Someone I used to work with went to Bermuda YEARS before 9/11 & forgot her passport. They sent her home to get it, and she had to fly out the next day.

I don't think your husband is going anywhere without a valid passport.

ejcrowe Nov 1st, 2004 05:48 AM

how long has his passport been expired? In some countries a passport that has been expired for less than 5 years can still be used. Last June, about 40 friends and family members joined my husband and me in Antigua, and according to the customs & immigration officials there, a passport that had expired within 5 years of travel could be used.

BeachBoi Nov 1st, 2004 05:58 AM

TTP...As I remember,you have accessto Sabre,right? Go into "Timatic" it will list what can be substituted.BUT, as my TA has told me manytimes,that info may or may not be up to snuff.(I too can go into Sabre thru alink to his computer)...(chg key)(chg key)tim ENTER...Best of Luck...!!

TxTravelPro Nov 1st, 2004 05:59 AM

Well I found the official answer...

ACCEPTED DOCUMENTS
------------------
PASSPORT /MUST BE VALID FOR LENGTH OF TKTD STAY/

AFFIDAVIT OF BIRTH -U.S.- /MUST BE NOTARIZED AND
ACCOMPANIED WITH A PHOTOCOPY OF ANOTHER PASSPORT
REPLACING DOCUMENT FROM THIS LIST/

BIRTH CERTIFICATE -U.S.-
/CERTIFIED -AND- NOTARIZED COPIES ARE BOTH
ACCEPTABLE- CERTIFICATE MUST STATE BIRTH IN US

VOTER REGISTRATION CARD
/NOTE-- ONLY ACCEPTED IF NAME AND ADDRESS ON
ACCOMPANYING PHOTO I.D. MATCH VOTERS CARD
EXACTLY/

ARMED FORCES IDENTITY CARD
/PLEASURE- CARD MUST BE VALID- OFFICIAL TRAVEL
-CARD MUST BE VALID AND MUST HOLD MOVEMENT
ORDER AND STATUS CERTIFICATE/

Ryan Nov 1st, 2004 06:00 AM

One a side issue, where are you staying?

We're heading to Cancun the end of the week for a little vacation with our two toddlers. While not my favorite part of Mexico, the direct flight from NY makes it far more compelling then a connection to get to somewhere like Ixtapa. (We'll be staying at the JW Marriott. I'll be the one chasing to active, LOUD toddlers.)

Unless someone has traveled recently under the exact same circumstances, I might consider calling the nearest Mexican consulate if I were you. People will mean well on this subject but unless they are a officer of Mexican immigration, chances are they are getting their information second hand.

TxTravelPro Nov 1st, 2004 06:02 AM

Hi BeachBoi,
I found it at F*QUJTUU
But I called AA just to make sure.
Just as an FYI, since it was mentioned... here are unacceptable documents:

DOCUMENTS ABSOLUTELY -NOT- ACCEPTED
------------------------------------
* NO EXPIRED PASSPORTS
* NO DRIVERS LICENSES /ALONE/
* NO DOCUMENTS WITH EXPIRED NOTARY SEAL
* NO AFFIDAVIT OF BIRTH /ALONE/

You have a good memory, Beach!


TxTravelPro Nov 1st, 2004 06:05 AM

Hi Ryan,
I am going for business at the Omni.
Husband just decided to tag along because there is room on the plane.
He usually does not travel outside of the US just because he doesn't like the hassle. I was surprised he wanted to go...
I hope you have fun!

BeachBoi Nov 1st, 2004 07:25 AM

TTP....Have a great trip even if its bizzness....BTW, where is your son? My gang adopted a soldier back in the summer....He's at Summerall and a PV2...Thats all we know about him except his name!!

GoTravel Nov 1st, 2004 07:32 AM

I hate to even add this but I did travel to Acapulco with someone who's passport had expired. He called the Mexican Embassy, got written permission on offical embassy letterhead, and presented it with his expired passport. No problems.

Gretchen Nov 1st, 2004 11:59 AM

The voter registration card works well--or did pre-9/11. Not sure about now.

Cassandra Nov 1st, 2004 01:44 PM

Remember you have 3 issues: getting on to the plane (past security); getting into Mexico; re-entering the US. At any one of those points, an expired passport could stop you.

For the info of others: there are some countries that will not allow entry if you passport will expire while you are there -- or if it will expire a given time after you arrive (e.g., 60 days or in some cases 6 months). Best to keep it current and renew well before it expires and/or you are leaving on a trip.

droolpatrol Nov 1st, 2004 02:05 PM

Ryan -- you'll be the one chasing active loud toddlers? Is there any other kind?

suze Nov 1st, 2004 04:20 PM

I've been to Mexico 16 times in the past 10 years, although granted I always had proper paperwork.

You do not have to have a passport for travel between the US and Mexico BUT you need either a drivers license + a notorized original birth certificate OR a valid passport. Voters registration cards do not count any longer.

It most likely will not be getting into Mexico that is a problem, it's being allowed to re-enter the U.S. that should worry you traveling without proper documents.

suze Nov 1st, 2004 04:23 PM

Oh, and it's not just immigration who checks your paperwork, it must pass with your airlines as well. They check documentation before letting you board the plane.

TxTravelPro Nov 1st, 2004 05:21 PM

I'm on the phone with AA right now... and they say that voter registration with additional govt issued ID (NOT including a drivers license) is enough for travel to Mexico for leisure.
He has a valid military ID as well as his discharge papers (DD214), etc...
For business I need a passport.
We will carry a few other gov't documents just in case but AA said we already have enough.
Whew...
I go back and forth to TJ quite often and all I need is a license. Period.

Beachboi... for the momeny my son is still at Ft Lewis waiting to be deployed, which is just fine with me. That is unless my daredevil son decides to hike and climb too close to St Helens.

My son is still

TxTravelPro Nov 1st, 2004 05:22 PM

darn it ... I knew I started that sentance already!

Jocelyn_P Nov 1st, 2004 05:38 PM

My DH understands that he could theoretically travel on his military ID alone, but doesn't like to test the system so he carries his passport anyway. A military ID also exempts him from random searches at the airport. :) Saves 10 minutes here and there.

Have a great trip.

logandog Nov 1st, 2004 05:42 PM

I came to Cancun without a passport in 1997, and I'm still here!

TxTravelPro Nov 1st, 2004 06:12 PM

OMG... I just found my husband's DRAFT papers and draft card from late 1972.
He enlisted, he never got called up.
I think we'll take that document, too.


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