We have been asked to remind all Graybeard readers of the importance of Passports on all international travel, including our own "Revisit Program" to Korea. Remember, passports issued prior to February of 2007 were for 10 years. So, if your passports are dated 1997 or earlier, they have expired, or are about to expire.

Furthermore, if you are just now applying for a new passport, partly because of the new Anti-terror measures, and partly because of sheer volume, it takes a long time. The passport offices are talking 3-4 months, at least, through conventional sources such as the US Post Office. There are expedited services but they can be very expensive. But, if you don't have a valid passport, you won't be able to board that plane or boat.

You may have heard of special exceptions for the summer, and yes, a valid drivers license will be workable for re-entry into the U.S. from Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean IF YOU CAN PROVE you have applied for a passport. But this will not work for Korea or any other foreign destination.

Bill Hutton
National Secretary, KWVA/US

(Posted 6/17/07)