Passport changes worry Caribbean

Passport changes worry Caribbean

`Life Needs the Caribbean. You Need a Passport.” That advertising slogan, posted at airports throughout the Caribbean, has this tourism-dependent area bracing for a hurricane-force blow.

For decades, U.S. citizens have escaped winter’s ravages for the white-sand beaches on a whim. When re-entering the United States, they have needed to show only a driver’s license or birth certificate. But post-Sept. 11 security concerns led Congress to pass a law requiring travelers entering the United States by air to carry passports. That provision takes effect Jan. 23.

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