**IMPORTANT**    Information on Passports    **IMPORTANT**

The United States government recently announced a new passport initiative to better secure America’s borders.  In a media release the following information sums up the initiative:


The Departments of State and Homeland Security announced today the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative to secure and expedite travel. The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative will require all U.S. citizens, Canadians, citizens of the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda, and citizens of Mexico to have a passport or other accepted secure document to enter or re-enter the U.S. by January 1, 2008.  View Entire Press Release here.


Passport Photos for new or renewing passports


Smart Set Travel is offering the following passport photo service:


 OUR CLIENTS: We are offering Free passport photos for our current clients.  We would like to invite you to come in to the our agency at your convenience. In a matter of moments we can take your picture, and get an application for new or renewal passport underway. Whether you are planning a trip in the near future or not, please come in and see us so we can provide you this service. Besides, it's always nice to visit in person, with a good client.


NON CLIENTS: We are offering a passport photo service for anyone that is not our client. The cost is $10.00 and you will receive a certificate good for $10.00 that can be used at Smart Set Travel toward any trip within 1 year. Please come in and see us so we can provide with this service. We look forward to meeting you.


Smart Set Travel Inc

10758 Jefferson Blvd.

Culver City, Ca. 90230


January 1, 2008 is the deadline for all travelers, but they have instituted a phased-in timeline for U S Citizens.


  • December 31, 2006 – Requirement applied to all air and sea travel to or from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda.

  • December 31, 2007 – Requirement extended to all land border crossings as well as air and sea travel. 


For more information regarding these requirements and FAQ’s click here and be transferred to the U.S. Department of State website.



Should you need a passport and do not know how to obtain, access the following links:


U.S. Department of State – First Time Passport Applicants


U.S. Department of State – Renewing Your Passport


U.S. Department of State – Application Processing Time


U.S. Department of State – Check Status of your Application


IMPORTANTLY, this page is designed to help you through the process.  Things change – be sure you are up-to-date and have all the information you need by calling the National Passport Information Center (NPIC) phone number at: 1-877-487-2778 or accessing requirements at the U.S. Department of State website.  Other resources include:


U.S. Department of State – Foreign Entry Requirements


U.S. Department of State – 10 Tips For Traveling Abroad