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Air Jamaica wants fliers to get their passports

MIAMI – Air Jamaica wants American and Caribbean travelers to secure their passports soon for travel in the new year.

The airline’s Vice President for Sales, George deMercado warned that while some Caribbean travel and tourism officials may still be counting on another delay in implementing the new measure, the US government has mandated, with limited exceptions, that from January 23, 2007, US citizens traveling by air between the US and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda will be required to present a valid passport to enter (or re-enter) the United States.

“This is the latest deadline that has been set and it may be the last. We must encourage all of our American friends to secure a passport. This will help facilitate seamless travel to and from the Caribbean region in the new year,” said deMercado, who strongly recommended that from January “lawful US permanent residents or ‘green card’ holders travel with their residency cards and their own national passports.”

He went on to thank patrons for their loyalty to Air Jamaica in 2006. “Our loads for the Christmas season are very strong and we don’t take for granted the tremendous support we have received from our customers and travel partners this year,” he said.

deMercado said that starting with the new Executive Business Class in 2007, which offers customers the highest level of comfort at exceptional value, Air Jamaica will continue to lead the Caribbean with innovation, creativity and outstanding customer service that continue to earn the carrier major international awards each year.

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