WASHINGTON, June 29 /CNW Telbec/ - This summer travel season, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) joined efforts to remind summer travellers of document requirements to travel into both countries. The two agencies want to educate travellers about these requirements to make their travel experience a more enjoyable one.
CBP reminds travellers:
- The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requires U.S. and
Canadian citizens, aged 16 and older to present a valid, acceptable
travel document that denotes both identity and citizenship when
entering the United States by land or sea. U.S. and Canadian citizens
under age 16 may present a birth certificate or alternative proof of
citizenship when entering by land or sea.
- WHTI-compliant documents for entry into the U.S. at land and sea
- U.S. or Canadian passports;
- Trusted Traveller Card (NEXUS, SENTRI, or FAST/EXPRES);
- U.S. Passport Card;
- State or province-issued Enhanced Driver's Licences (when and
where available). For more information please visit the WHTI
- A radio frequency identification (RFID)-enabled travel document, such
as a U.S. Passport Card, Enhanced Driver's Licence / Enhanced
Identification Card or Trusted Traveller Program card, expedites
entry and makes crossing the border more efficient.
- Other programs that facilitate the entry process for international
travellers coming into the country to visit, study or conduct
legitimate business include "Trusted Traveller Programs" such as
SENTRI, NEXUS and Global Entry. For more information about these
programs, please visit www.cbp.gov.
The CBSA reminds travellers:
- Canadian entry requirements have not changed as a result of the
- Canadians returning home (including children) are encouraged to carry
proper identification to assist in confirming their legal right to
- United States citizens do not need to carry a passport to enter
Canada however they should carry proof of citizenship (such as a
birth certificate) as well as photo identification.
- Visitors to Canada should be aware of the requirements to import a
firearm into Canada. Many weapons are considered prohibited and are
therefore not allowed into Canada. All travellers must declare any
firearms and weapons in their possession when they enter Canada.
Anyone who does not declare them upon arrival can face prosecution
and the firearms, and the vehicle used to carry them, may be seized.
- Visit www.cbsa.gc.ca for more information including entry
requirements into Canada for non-Canadians and to download a copy of
I Declare, a detailed publication describing what to expect when
bringing goods into Canada.
- Canada bound border wait time are available on the CBSA Web site
on Twitter (http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/new-neuf/twitter-eng.html)
For more information please visit www.CBP.gov or www.cbsa.gc.ca.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of the United States' borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.
SOURCE Canada Border Services Agency
For further information: For further information: Joanne Ferreira, CBP Public Affairs, 202-344-1780; CBSA Media Relations, 613-957-6500