Hawaiian Beach Rentals Reminds U.S. Citizens No Passport Required to Fly Domestic

February 08, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
February 8, 2007 / Maui, HI - On January 23, US citizens returning to the country by air are legally required to show a passport. Because a mere 27 percent of eligible Americans held a passport as of 2006, travel brokers such as Hawaiian Beach Rentals are experiencing a dramatic increase in travel to domestic tropical locations such as Hawaii, where U.S. travelers can experience exotic travel without the need for a passport.

In anticipation of the new requirements, there have already been 12.1 million passports issued to Americans in the past year. Wise travelers have booked getaways without passports at gorgeous Maui hotels or scenic Kauai hotels. Jeff Berzolla of Hawaiian Beach Rentals.com explains “International travel has been steady, but we see marked increases in our bookings from stateside travelers. Because of this recent increase in travel from our U.S. visitors, we believe the passport effect is definitely real.”

The U.S. State Department passport requirement of January 23, 2007 limits the kinds of documents travelers can use to enter the United States to make it simpler for inspectors searching for fake documents. Maura Harty, assistant secretary of state for consular affairs, reports that there are over 8,000 styles of birth certificates issued by different agencies within the United States and, “No inspector could possibly master all of those.”

Relaxing Maui Vacation Rentals and enticing Kauai Vacation Rentals can be easily booked at online travel websites in moments, no passport required. Charles Koehl further says, “We realize that American travelers will now find it easier to come to Hawaii than other international destinations, but still want a customized experience that only a local person can help coordinate. Hawaiian Beach Rentals offers accommodations such as vacation homes, condos and hotels, as well as airfare and car rentals to customers wanting to travel to Hawaii. Our services include the most up to date local information about Hawaii and the ability for customers to quickly and easily pay for their vacation online via a secure payment process.”

Because of the new passport requirements, Zobgy's American Consumer reports that one in three Americans plans to apply for a passport in the next year. U.S. travelers are taking advantage of the opportunity to explore domestic locations such as Hawaii without passports by conveniently visiting travel websites such as Hawaiian Beach Rentals for detailed information online.