Even those who have traveled to some destinations have been forced to turn back over confusion from the rule changes:
“Martin Rodriguez, a police officer from
Dublin( ), waited 11 weeks for his passport, then - after confirming the new policies with airlines and government officials - went ahead with his Mexican vacation plans, carrying only an ID and a passport application receipt. California
But when he and his wife flew to
Los Angelesbefore connecting to , they discovered that Mexican officials were turning away some travelers. They drove home. Guadalajara , Mexican and airline officials all insist they are following the rules, but which rules? It's not clear.” U.S.
So what can be done? One travel expert has some advice:
“1) Apply six months before you plan to travel or pay for expedited service.
2) Don’t purchase tickets for a trip that requires passports until you have them in hand.
Sources- Bloomberg, TIME,