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You live in the United States. You have a coastal cruiser. You may want to go north, south or east, but not half way across the planet.
Do you have / want a passport, passport card or both?
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Passport required for Canada and Mexico as well as the fun parts of the Caribbean
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If you want to go to another country, even close by, get a passport. It makes life simple.
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Re: Passports

While Passports are great cruising boats, I don't think it's necessary to have one for coastal cruising. See many other argument threads about this.
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Re: Passports

Passports are required for all air travel. Land and sea border crossings (in most of Western Hemisphere) can use a Passport Card. These are great for the boat as they are cards and cannot get wet. Also better for ID (in any case) because they have no personal contact information on them like your address and such. So if it gets stolen, they only have your passport card #, DOB, and the city you were born in. Much less info than is on a driver's license.

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If you think you'll only be sailing to/from US, Canada, and Mexico. The passport card will suffice. I suggest getting both (we did) and keep your passport card on your person when traveling on the boat in other countries and keep the passport somewhere safe for emergencies of if you have to fly home.

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Do you want to come back to the US? If so, you need a passport to get back in.

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Have card in my wallet but leave my and all crew passports with doc papers on the boat in plastic filing box which is kept in discreet locker. Passports and doc papers only leave the boats to get rid of Q flag or clearing out.
Safer that way. If wallet stolen or misplaced travel/clearance not interrupted. If asked for proof of citizenship while on land still have something. If boarded all necessary papers in one safe dry place.

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More and more states are now starting to require a passport or enhanced ID even for domestic air travel. (some already do, some are coming soon). At this point, there's really no reason to not just get the passport and be covered for all trips, instead of trying to figure out "ok, this place I only need this, but this one needs THIS, but that place doesn't need any, but THAT place needs EVERYTHING". I'm getting mine set that way at the first of the year.

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Re: Passports

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Passport required for Canada and Mexico as well as the fun parts of the Caribbean
Actually, the last time I checked (so perhaps it has changed), technically it wasn't Canada that demanded you have a passport. It is your country: the USA. Last time I looked Canada did not have a legal requirement that US citizens have a passport to enter our country. But the US demands that everyone have one to get into theirs. So you might be able to come to Canada without a passport ... you just can't go home

In reality, Canada Border Service probably won't let you in here without a valid US passport either. But that's b/c the US demands one; not Canada.

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Never hurts to have one and then if you ever need it, it's there and won't take weeks to get it.
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