New Cross-Border Document Requirements Implemented

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has begun enforcing new document requirements as of June 1.

Travellers visiting the United States by land or seaports will need documents that comply with the new requirements under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). WHTI-compliant documents include American or Canadian passports, Trusted Traveler Card (NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST/EXPRES), the US Passport Card or state or province-issued Enhanced Driver's Licenses.

“Obtaining a WHTI-approved document and complying with the law will help make our borders more secure,” said CBP acting commissioner, Jayson Ahern. “We will be practical and flexible in implementing this new travel requirement, but encourage travelers to get these documents now to expedite border crossings from day one.”  

While it can take several weeks to receive approval for these documents, visitors to the United States who do not have WHTI-compliant documents (but are otherwise admissible) will not be denied entry into the United States on June 1. They will be encouraged to continue with their travel plans and obtain WHTI-approved travel documents as soon as possible.

US and Canadian citizen children under age 16 arriving by land or sea from Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean only need to present proof of citizenship, such as an original or copy of a certificate, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Naturalization Certificate or Canadian Citizenship Card.
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