Land Border ID Requirements Making for Hassle-Free Cross Border Summer/Autumn Travel

    Canadian land border duty free operators remind Canadian, U.S. Travellers
    of border ID requirements

    OTTAWA, Aug. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - With unseasonable summer weather conditions
and a weak economy, some Canadians and Americans are taking advantage of
decreased to no traffic volumes at the border to make shorter cross-border
vacations nearby. Canada's land duty free stores encourage all travellers to
make sure everyone in their family has one of the newly required pieces of
identification to ensure hassle-free cross border travel this year.
    "This summer/fall is a great time to forgo expensive long-distance trips
and vacation closer to home," said Frontier Duty Free Association Executive
Director Laurie Karson. "By securing accepted border IDs for everybody in the
family, particularly those above 18, a last minute trip across the border
doesn't have to be a hassle.
    "Since June 1st, 2009 those travelling by car into the U.S must carry an
approved border document. These include a valid passport, an Enhanced Driver's
License (for provincial or state EDL information refer to:, or a membership card of a trusted
traveller program such as NEXUS, Sentri, U.S. PASS Card (for U.S. citizens
only) or FAST. Travellers aged 15 years and under are only required to present
proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate (original or copy). This
exemption also applies to travellers between the ages of 15 and 18 when
travelling with a guardian or on an organized tour under adult supervision
with parental/guardian consent.
    Since June 2009, Canada's 28 land border duty free shops report reduced
vehicle traffic at major border points between Canada and the U.S. This means
fewer or no delays for travellers and more time to take advantage of discounts
on a wide range of products -- discounts only available at border duty free
    "With new border requirements and a weak economy in both Canada and the
U.S., it is a great time to travel between Canada and the U.S. by car, as
there are shorter or no line-ups at the border," said Robert Prince at DFS
Ventures in Emerson, Manitoba. "Less traffic makes it easier than ever to
    Canada's duty free shops offer Canadian and American travellers crossing
major Canadian land border points the unique opportunity to save duty and
taxes on hundreds of ordinarily expensive products, including alcoholic
beverages, fragrances/cosmetics, jewellery, beer, and many other high-end

    Travel Identification Requirements for Canadian Citizens

    -   Complete information on U.S. land border identification requirements
        for Canadian citizens is available from the Canada Border Services
        Agency at

    Travel Identification Requirements for U.S. Citizens

    -   Complete information on U.S. land border identification requirements
        for U.S. citizens is available from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol at

    About the Frontier Duty Free Association

    For more information on the Frontier Duty Free Association and where
Canadian duty free stores are located, please visit its Web site at

For further information:

For further information: (media enquiries only): Laurie Karson,
Executive Director, Frontier Duty Free Association, (613) 233-1946

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