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Document Requirements For Travellers

If you are traveling by AIR between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda, you must present a valid passport.
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If you are traveling by LAND between the United States and Canada and you are a U.S. or Canadian citizen age 19 and older, you must present either a valid passport or proof of citizenship (such as a birth certificate or naturalization certificate), along with a government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license) as proof of identity when entering the United States through land ports of entry.
Verbal claims of citizenship and identity alone will not be sufficient to establish identity and citizenship for entry into the United States.
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If you are traveling by SEA (including cruises and ferries) between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda, and you are a U.S. or Canadian citizen age 19 and older, you must present either a valid passport or proof of citizenship (such as a birth certificate or naturalization certificate), along with a government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license) as proof of identity when entering the United States through sea ports of entry.
Verbal claims of citizenship and identity alone will not be sufficient to establish identity and citizenship for entry into the United States.
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ENHANCED DRIVER’S LICENSE PROGRAM
If you are a US citizen and a Washington State resident you are eligible to purchase an Enhanced Driver License (EDL) which will meet the requirements for proof of citizenship to re-enter the U.S. from Canada and Mexico by land or sea.
Further information for Washington residents is available at the Department of Licensing website.

If you are a Canadian citizen and a British Columbia resident, further information on Canada’s first Enhanced Driver’s License for British Columbia residents is available at the ICBC website.

CHANGES TO LAND AND SEA TRAVEL, STARTING IN JUNE 2009
Effective June 2009, travellers must present a passport or other approved secure document denoting citizenship and identity for all land and sea travel into the United States. Enhanced Driver’s Licenses (EDLs) have been formally identified as acceptable documentation requirements for land and sea crossings.

TRAVELING WITH MINORS
For children age 18 or under wishing to enter Canada, please click here
Children age 18 or under wishing to enter the U.S. will need to present a birth certificate, naturalization certificate or a passport to enter the U.S.

VISA REQUIREMENTS
To find out if you need a visa to enter Canada, please click here
For more information on applying for a visa to enter Canada, please click here

TRAVELER PROGRAM CARDS
Trusted traveler program cards will continue to be accepted for cross-border travel.
For more information on NEXUS: Canadian residents click here. U.S. residentsclick here
For more information on FAST click here (For commercial truck drivers only)
For more information on CANPASS click here (For travelers’ entering Canada only)

PASSPORTS
If you are a Canadian citizen looking for information on passports, please visit the Passport Canada website.
If you are a U.S. citizen looking for information on passports, please visit theU.S. Department of State website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Canada Border Services Agency
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