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Unread 05-05-2011, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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You don't have to have a passport to get into Canada. But YOU WILL NOT be able to cross back into the United States without one. That's where the screwing comes in. I got both a passport and a passport card. I figured if I lost one I'd still have the other.

Yup.
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Unread 05-05-2011, 06:53 PM
 
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How to Get Your Passport in a Hurry
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Unread 05-05-2011, 06:59 PM
 
Location: The end of the road Alaska
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If you're getting on the ferry in Bellingham and staying on board until at least Ketchikan you do not need a passport. As long as you don't disembark in Canada you're fine.
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Unread 05-05-2011, 07:09 PM
 
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Yeah, it looks like this will set me back $400. There goes the savings!
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Unread 05-05-2011, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Valdez, Alaska
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Where are you seeing $400? If it is that much, it would be cheaper for you to fly from Juneau to Anchorage, and have your girlfriend just drive the rest of the way, than to get the passport.
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Unread 05-05-2011, 10:52 PM
 
Location: AK
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that's a very good idea.
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Unread 05-06-2011, 05:18 AM
 
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I agree Tigre. We're checking into it. We'd be leaving AR on May 23, which is 10 business day. All the "rush a passport" services are estimating $370-415 to have a passport rushed to my address within 5-7 business days.
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Unread 05-06-2011, 06:51 AM
 
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Ok folks. I called Border Control and they said that as long as I have a valid (state issued ID), a copy of my birth certificate, AND I apply for a passport (without having it expedited) then I'll be permitted to reenter the US. Apparently, when you apply for a passport you're mailed a receipt confirming you've applied and are in the process of requesting a passport. This receipt will substitute for a legal passport. She admitted that I might suffer a small delay, but it would be nominal.

Whew! So at least I won't have to pay a third party to have it expedited. :-)

Dodged a bullet on that one!
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Unread 05-06-2011, 02:42 PM
 
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Interesting... Be preapared to wait in Canada until it comes in. You can apply at Post Offices and do not need a 3rd party to get your passport expedited.... looks like $72 (expedite fee + overnight shipping) and $55 for the passport CARD only. That equals $127, which is what I remember paying at the post office for mine. (plus the photo fee).
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Unread 05-06-2011, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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Also, they are very quick on turnaround time. My wife just got hers and it took about two weeks for it to gt here. If you're close to a Customs office, you can apply directly there and sometimes speed it up even more.
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