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Old 07-07-10, 05:35 PM   #1
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Passport fees going up.

Yes fellow tourists,after next Tuesday fees will increase @30-40% thanks to a scheduled hosing by our State Dept.
Now we need papers to visit our frosty friends to the north also.
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Old 07-07-10, 05:44 PM   #2
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We've needed papers to go to Canada for over a year now. I think the old rules for going to Mexico and Canada were a lot more rational, and would love to see the paranoia reversed.
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Woo hoo! I renewed earlier this year. Just in time, and I am good to go for another 10 years.
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Old 07-07-10, 06:07 PM   #4
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People boating from Ohio across Lake Erie to the Great White North have survived with just a drivers permit,no one is pushing it so far.
Now we know how the newly formed farce"Homeland Defense"gets its money.
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It should be interesting to see what the prices will be 10 years from now when I need to renew.
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If you are traveling to Canada or Mexico mostly you can get a passport card for half of what a passport book costs. It's faster at the border check too, the agent just scans the card and sends you on.
http://travel.state.gov/passport/ppt...card_3926.html


As far as increased cost, if everyone is making a huge stink about paying taxes, then we'll have to pay for these things in other ways. Call your congressman and suggest a tax increase so your passport can remain cheap.
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Old 07-07-10, 06:56 PM   #7
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If you are traveling to Canada or Mexico mostly you can get a passport card for half of what a passport book costs. It's faster at the border check too, the agent just scans the card and sends you on.
http://travel.state.gov/passport/ppt...card_3926.html


As far as increased cost, if everyone is making a huge stink about paying taxes, then we'll have to pay for these things in other ways. Call your congressman and suggest a tax increase so your passport can remain cheap.
I've called my congressman everthing under the sun to no avail
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The book is cooler looking and I get neato stamps.
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Old 07-07-10, 07:09 PM   #9
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The book is cooler looking and I get neato stamps.
There has to be an error with your post count.
This leaves no time for even a wizz.
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If you enjoy traveling than paying more is worth it. A passport can cost $200 and I will still pay so that I can go around the world and be exposed to places and things unlike my own surroundings.
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There has to be an error with your post count.
This leaves no time for even a wizz.
*scratches head*
Get a new bladder. Turbo charged and all that.
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Cost of producing the newer passport is expensive. I have no problem with paying to cover costs. I don't like paying more but it is better than asking that the taxpayer subsidize my travel.
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People boating from Ohio across Lake Erie to the Great White North have survived with just a drivers permit,no one is pushing it so far.
Now we know how the newly formed farce"Homeland Defense"gets its money.
The Forest Service just made a notice that hiking the last 10 km of the Pacific Crest Trail, which ends north of the border, is technically a border violation because there's obviously no checkpoint out in the remote wilderness. As far as I know, they haven't made any moves to enforce it, but potentially it could be trouble, too.

I'm waiting for a certified copy of my birth certificate to arrive to go apply for mine. Hopefully it comes in time.
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At least your American passports last 10 years. I need a new one every five years!
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The Forest Service just made a notice that hiking the last 10 km of the Pacific Crest Trail, which ends north of the border, is technically a border violation because there's obviously no checkpoint out in the remote wilderness. As far as I know, they haven't made any moves to enforce it, but potentially it could be trouble, too.

I'm waiting for a certified copy of my birth certificate to arrive to go apply for mine. Hopefully it comes in time.
This has been published in the Seattle Times and I received an email from the Mountaineers, too. Although it is not widely-known, ICE is constantly flying surveillance drones over the border in Washington and has seeded the area with seismic and other detectors to find foot and vehicle traffic. This is because of the recent upsurge in BC Bud being brought over the border by foot and vehicles in remote or mountainous areas. So ICE probably knows when people are on the PCT, at least near the border in Washington.
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At least your American passports last 10 years. I need a new one every five years!
for adults it's 10, for kids it's 5, which I guess makes sense from a matching-the-person-to-the-picture standpoint
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any measure that keeps americans inside america should be applauded.
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This has been published in the Seattle Times and I received an email from the Mountaineers, too. Although it is not widely-known, ICE is constantly flying surveillance drones over the border in Washington and has seeded the area with seismic and other detectors to find foot and vehicle traffic. This is because of the recent upsurge in BC Bud being brought over the border by foot and vehicles in remote or mountainous areas. So ICE probably knows when people are on the PCT, at least near the border in Washington.
If so they ought to be able to find Bigfoot as well while their at it.
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At least your American passports last 10 years. I need a new one every five years!
Not to hijack the thread, but I've wondered if you've heard this one:

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(what goes in the blank?)
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any measure that keeps americans inside america should be applauded.
You had your chance at the colonies but were run out by hillbillies with peashooters.
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Not to hijack the thread, but I've wondered if you've heard this one:

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Lao who?
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this better be good.
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so when are they going to introduce exit visas?
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If so they ought to be able to find Bigfoot as well while their at it.
Na,Bigfoot moved to Tenn and usually spotted in the hills during corn liquor season.
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It only keeps poor Americans inside America.
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It only keeps poor Americans inside America.
Guess I'm never leaving America then...
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