Changes to Identification Requirements Effective June 2009
New Passport Regulations - June 1st 2009
On June 1st 2009, if you travel between Canada and the United States by water, you must present one of the following valid documents as part of the U.S. Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requirements.
U.S and Canadian Citizens Only
*U.S. Passport Cards
*Trusted traveller cards (NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST cards)
*Enhanced Driver Licence
*Enhance identification card (for example: enhanced Tribal cards, if available)
*U.S. Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)
*U.S. Military Identification with military travel orders
*U.S. Merchant Mariner Document with official maritime business
For non U.S. or non Canadian citizens
*Valid Passport & possibly a visa
All US & Canadian citizens aged 15 and under only need proof of their citizenship with an original or photocopy of a birth certificate or citizenship card.
Groups of U.S. and Canadian citizen children ages 18 and under, when traveling with a school or religious group, social organization, or sports team, will be able to enter under adult supervision with originals or copies of their birth certificates or other proof of citizenship.
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|NOT A UNITED STATES OR
CANADIAN BORN CITIZEN?
|WHAT DO U.S. PERMANENT
|If you are not a United States or Canadian born citizen you will be required to have a passport and possibly a visa.
|A Permanent Resident or a holder
of the immigration “green card” needs
to present a valid card at the border.
International & European Visitors
All countries that are part of the US Visa Waiver Program enable tourists and business travellers to travel in the US for 90 days without obtaining a visa. Travellers MUST hold a machine-readable passport to be eligible. Travellers planning to work or study cannot travel on the Visa Waiver Program and must obtain a valid visa. The following is a list of countries eligible to travel to the US on the Visa Waiver Program.
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Korea, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
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last updated: August 27, 2012