Canada Travel Requirements
travel requirements for entry are different from the requirements to
re-enter the United States. While Canadian law allows all American
citizens entering Canada to show government-issued photo ID (e.g.
Driver's License) and proof of U.S. citizenship
such as a U.S. birth certificate, naturalization certificate, or
expired U.S. passport to enter, the United States does not accept these
U.S. citizens who travel to Canada must present a valid passport
to re-enter the United States by air or a passport, passport card or other approved WHTI and WHTI-compliant document
when entering by land or sea. A Nexus card is also enough to gain entrance to Canada by land, sea and air.
Oftentimes, the discovery that a passport is required for travel
to Canada happens only a few days before the scheduled trip. The only
way to get a passport in less than two weeks is to apply at a regional
passport agency or, when this is not possible, through a registered
expedited passport courier service such as Fastport Passport
The exception to this requirement is for U.S. citizens under the age of
16 (or under 19, if traveling with a school, religious, or other youth
group) who need only present a birth certificate (original, photocopy
or certified copy), Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or naturalization
If you plan to travel to Canada with a minor who is not your
own child or for whom you do not have full legal custody, Canada Border
Services Agency may require you to present a notarized affidavit of
consent from the minor's parents or legal guardians. There is no
specific form for this document, but it should include dates of travel,
parents' names and photo copies of their state-issued IDs.
One of the WHTI-compliant documents for crossing the land border is the U.S. Passport Card
The card may not be used to travel by air and is available only to U.S.
citizens. All American citizen travelers are encouraged to apply for a
U.S. passport well in advance of anticipated travel in order to avoid
Both the U.S. and Canadian governments urge frequent travelers to join the NEXUS trusted traveler program
NEXUS members receive a special travel card that allows expedited
border crossings for both private and commercial travelers through both
U.S. and Canadian border controls.
A visa is not required for U.S. citizens to visit Canada for up
to 180 days. Anyone seeking to enter Canada for any purpose other than
a visit (e.g. to work, study or immigrate) must qualify for the
appropriate entry status, and should contact the Canadian Embassy
or nearest consulate and visit the Canadian immigration website.
The Canadian Embassy is located at 501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington DC. Canadian consulates can be found in Atlanta, Boston,
Buffalo, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New
York, San Juan or Seattle.
If you already have a trip to Canada planned and need to get a passport quickly
, you can schedule an appointment at the nearest regional agency
or apply online for expedited passport service through a registered expediting courier service
. If you are still planning your trip, be sure to sign up for the best Canada tours
so that you see and do everything you want to.
How a DUI Can Affect Admissibility to Canada
our neighbor to the north, has a wealth of natural beauty, interesting
cultures, and vibrant cities to explore. When taking a trip from the
U.S. to Canada, you can typically cross at any designated land border
with either your passport book or your passport card
However, just because you have been issued a passport in the U.S., it
doesn't mean other countries have to honor it. If you try to cross the
border into Canada with a previous DUI conviction, be ready to get your
In Canada, the statute for DUI covers equivalent U.S. charges
of DUI, physical control of a vehicle-moving or not under the
influence, and DUI as a minor. These are indictable offenses and,
therefore, grounds to deny entry to the country if you are a foreign
national. You are considered rehabilitated ten years after the
completion of your DUI sentence, and are eligible to apply for
rehabilitation five years after the completion of your sentence. If
you're awarded rehabilitation, you're allowed into the country; the
process can take several months to complete.
If you've ever been convicted of a DUI in the United States,
and you're planning a visit to Canada you face possible exclusion.
Approaching a Canadian land border without researching entry requirements
ahead of time, or going through the proper process of a rehabilitation
application is a roll of the dice. You can try to enter by applying for
a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) at the border, and while it's
possible to gain admittance to Canada in this way, it's unlikely,
especially if it is clear you're ineligible. More often than not,
you'll be turned away, and the risk comes with a non-refundable $200
application fee. The best idea is to first contact an experienced
immigration lawyer in the province where you plan to travel to avoid
any unpleasant surprises.
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