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Old 04-02-2011, 08:47 AM
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Do any of you guys that frequent the bahamas use a passport card instead of a passport? i was re-newing my passport to the tune of $242.00 dollars today and they have a passport card option that i assume is like a id that you can use for land/sea travel to mexico,canada,carribean. The passport agent of course didnt know if it was a viable optioon in the bahamas. Any one have any info, and or experience? sure would be great not to have to carry the actual passport. i am always paranoid of losing it, if you could use a pssport card i would still bring my actual passport with the first time. Thanks in advance
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I just got a passport card myself last fall. I haven't used it yet but I have it. Beats carrying around a passport. Just shove it in your wallet and your good to go. At least to the specified areas. $242 is a rip off for passport renewal though. A passport renewal is only $110 plus pictures and shipping. Unless you used a company to do it to have it expedited. Also it's too late now, but you can request a 48 page passport when you renew, it'll last longer if you travel alot. You can also get a second passport so you don't have to worry so much about losing you primary one. Your second passport is only good for 2 years though. Currently I have 2 U.S. passports and a passport card. Food for thought.
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Here's some links to check out.

http://travel.state.gov/passport/ppt...card_3926.html

http://www.consumertraveler.com/colu...oreign-travel/

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_p...a_tw_2223.html

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_p...a_tw_3256.html

It appears you are good to go in the Bahamas. You can just call their customs to double check.
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thanks for the info, anyone out there actually ever use there passport card?
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Can't if you fly...only by land and sea. Stupid IMO.
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Can't if you fly...only by land and sea. Stupid IMO.
Why do you think it is stupid? I think it is a good idea if you can use it to get into the bahamas by boat. Beats having to carry your passport around
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From what I have read, the primary purpose of the passport card is so that folks who "commute" across the border frequently, like truck drivers, don't have to replace their passport so often because they run out of space for entry stamps. This became an issue when the US mandated that you could no longer go to countries in the immediate area using your drivers license, voters registration, etc. Well, you can still do that in some countries, but you can't get back in the US. As previously mentioned, you cannot board an international flight using the card.
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The passport card is great. The only issue with using it for Bahamas/Bimini boat trips is if something happens (storm, illness, emergency) and you have to fly home.... Technically its not valid for entry to the US via aircraft. It might not completely stop you, but it increases the odds of a problem.
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The passport card is great. The only issue with using it for Bahamas/Bimini boat trips is if something happens (storm, illness, emergency) and you have to fly home.... Technically its not valid for entry to the US via aircraft. It might not completely stop you, but it increases the odds of a problem.
In todays' world there is no substitute for an actual passport. Try to cut corners and you will soon find yourself in trouble.
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I got all my kids passport cards for our family vacations to the Bahamas. I have 3 kids, saved a bunch of money. They worked fine.
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EOD Contender. Which ports have you used it in the Bahamas. I'd be afraid that some of those folks over there wouldn't know what to do with it
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