Travelers who have lost their Texas travel documents, including their passports, should check on their travel plans in case they are affected by new restrictions announced by the state’s governor.
Travelers stranded with their Texas documents should check in on their flights and hotels to see if they are eligible to return, said Laura C. Buehler, director of the Office of the State Travel Counselor.
The Texas Travelers’ Protection Act, which went into effect Monday, will require travelers who lost their passports to show proof of their U.S. citizenship within five days of the end of their current trip, or they will be issued a citation.
The law applies to those who had valid passports from January 1, 2018, to December 31, 2018.
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, a traveler who lost a passport in Texas is eligible for the same benefits and protections as those who have a valid passport, including a visa, driver’s license or identification card.
The state is also issuing travel documents that travelers must show if they lose their passport in the state.
Texas also issued a new travel advisory, calling for travelers who have been granted an emergency travel document (EVDO) to check in with their health care provider or travel agency, or contact their local travel agency to confirm their status.