Congress approved a change in the International Travel Requirements. The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative presently requires a passport for all persons traveling to and from the Americas, the Caribbean, and Bermuda, to enter, or re-enter the United States when traveling by air. Effective June 1, 2009, passports will be required for sea and land border crossings.

Passport applicants will need to provide the following: A passport application completed in BLACK ink. Applications are available at the Metairie, Kenner and New Orleans main post offices or download it at www.travel.state.gov Do not sign, as it must be signed in the presence of a passport agent

Proof of US citizenship (1 must be provided): previous US passport certified US birth certificate certificate of citizenship or naturalization consular report of birth abroad or certification of birth

Proof of identity (1 must be provided): current, balid driver's license govt or military id certificate of naturalization or citizenship minors, (under age of 16) must appear in person with BOTH parents, or guardians, with evidence of identity.

Costs for passport: $100 for adults and $85 for children under 16. Passport photos will be taken onsite for an additional $15