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Passport for Travel to Canada FAQ

Many questions have been raised about passports for travel to Canada since the new requirements went into effect.

In general, a passport is required to enter Canada and return to the United States but there are some exceptions. In some cases, it is possible to present evidence of U.S. citizenship and a photo ID or some other WHTI-approved document such as a FAST card.

Read through the answers to the visitor-submitted questions below and find the information you need to better prepare for your trip to Canada.

List of FAQ about Passports for Travel to Canada

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Can my 16 and 17-year-old drive to and from Canada without passports?  Question: Can my 16 and 17- year-old drive to and from Canada without passports if accompanied by a parent and sister with passports. They each have birth ...

What do I need to take my granddaughter and a cat to Canada?  Question: I plan to be in New York State in June and would like to go on to Magnetawan, Ontario to visit my sister for a week.

I have custody of ...

Does a 14-year-old need a passport to go to Canada?  Question: My daughter will be traveling to Canada with her friend and family. Will they need a passport to travel across the border? I was told that ...

If you are a US Citizen in Canada without a passport, can you return to the US with a birth cerificate?  Question: I have an expired United States passport and want to travel to Canada. Is there anyway to do this without a valid passport?

Answer: It ...

Does my 16-year-old son need a passport book or a passport card to travel to Canada?  My now 16-year-old son was born in Germany and needed a passport to return to the US. Since then all our passports got lost or missing. I am pretty sure ...

Can I visit Canada if I have an old drug felony?  Question: I have a valid passport but I have a 13-year-old drug felony. Will Canada let me enter their country?

Answer: The authority to allow or ...

Should I renew my US passport before I enroll for college in Canada?  Question: In anticipation of my passport expiring in March 2011, I would like to renew it now. I am an 18-year-old US citizen going to college in Canada ...

What documentation do I need to take my 14-year-old grandson on a visit to Canada?  Question: I plan to visit Toronto next month and would like to take my 14-year-old grandson with me. We plan to be in Canada 4 days. Does he need a ...

Does my 12-year-old son need a passport to re-enter the US from Canada?  Question: We would like to go on vacation to Canada for memorial weekend. If my son needs a passport, what is the quickest way to obtain a passport?

Answer:...

Does my son need a passport for a school trip to Canada if he is a military dependent?  Question: My son has a school trip to Montreal, Canada. He has his military ID. The passport department at Ft. Drum said he didn't need one, as long as,...

Do we need to get a passport to take our grandson to Canada for three days?  Question: My wife and myself have passports. Our grandson is seven and lives with his Mother only. We would like to take him to Niagara Falls for two ...

I need a renewal on my passport without waiting weeks as I drive across the Michigan and Ontario Canada border weekly.  Question: I travel between Michigan and Ontario, Canada bi-weekly for family. I need a passport to go across the border. My passport expires in July ...

Does a child under l6 need a passport to enter Canada and return to the US?  Question: We are going to Canada for my sister's wedding. My daughter is 3 and is in the wedding.

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