Q. What's the story now with passports for Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean?

A. As of September 30, passports are once again required for passengers traveling within North America, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. This caused a real hullabaloo last January when the law was first introduced, and passport waits soared from the standard six weeks to, in some cases, six months. This time around, the State Department has beefed up on staff to handle the influx of passport applications and, since the 30th, so far so good.

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