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New Requirements for Canadians Entering the United States

As of Sept 29th, 2006, the requirement for a passport (or other approved secure document) at all land border crossings has been delayed until June 1st 2009.  The requirement for a passport at all air and sea travel entry points has also been delayed from January 8th to January 23, 2007.

The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 requires that by January 1, 2008, travelers  from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama, Mexico and Canada have a passport or other secure, accepted document to enter the United States. 

Originally planned to go into effect January 8th, 2007 - Requirement applied to all air and sea travel to or from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. This has now been delayed until January 23rd, 2007

Originally planned to go into effect January 1st, 2008 - Requirement extended to all land border crossings as well as air and sea travel. This has now been delayed until June 1st 2009.

Information regarding Canadian passports can be found at www.ppt.gc.ca or by calling 1-800-567-6868

Other Documentation

The passport is the document of choice right now because of security features and general availability.  Canadians traveling to the U.S. are encouraged to obtain a passport. 

For land border crossings, other documents being considered are SENTRI, NEXUS and FAST program cards.  These are current international frequent traveler programs. Additional forms of acceptable travel documentation may be determined.

Until January 8th, 2007

Generally, Canadian Nationals must show ID but are exempt from passport and visa requirements. However presentation of a Canadian passport, birth certificate, Naturalization certificate or other supporting documentation will facilitate the inspection and is strongly encouraged.

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