Book Online |
Tell A Friend |
Customer Services |
Get the latest passport requirement information
|See the U.S. Department of State's latest
Press Release on the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.
All persons traveling by air outside of the United States are required
to present a passport or other valid travel document to enter or
re-enter the United States.
LAND AND SEA TRAVEL
The following summarizes information available on the Department of Homeland Security’s website.
U.S. citizens must show proof of identity and proof of U.S. citizenship
when entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the
countries of the Caribbean by land or sea.
documents include: U.S. Passport Book, U.S. Passport Card, or other
document approved by the Department of Homeland Security.
citizens who do not have a single document verifying identity and
citizenship must present both an identification and citizenship
document; for example, a driver’s license and a copy of a birth
certificate or naturalization certificate.
June 1, 2009, the U.S. government will implement the full requirements
of the land and sea phase of WHTI. The proposed rules require most U.S.
citizens entering the United States at sea or land ports of entry to
have a passport, passport card, or other travel document approved by
the Department of Homeland Security.
U.S. citizen children under the age of 16 will be able to present the
original or copy of their birth certificate, or other proof of U.S.
citizenship such as a naturalization certificate or citizenship
of U.S. citizen children ages 16 through 18, when traveling with a
school or religious group, social organization, or sports team, will be
able to enter under adult supervision with originals or copies of their
birth certificates or other proof of citizenship. See the Department of
Homeland Security's GetYouHome.gov for more information on the changing
U.S.PASSPORT AND WHTI COMPLIANT DOCUMENTS:
U.S.Passport: U.S. citizens may present a valid U.S. passport when
traveling via air, land or sea between the U.S. and the aforementioned
Western Hemisphere countries.
The Passport Card: Passport card applications are currently being
accepted in anticipation of land border travel document requirements.
Based on current projections, we expect the passport card to be in full
production beginning in July 2008. We will provide additional updates
as available. Once in production, the passport card it will only be
valid for land and sea travel between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, the
Caribbean region, and Bermuda.
WHTI-Compliant Travel Documents for U.S. citizen travel via land or
sea, as of January 31, 2008: · Trusted Traveler Cards (NEXUS,
SENTRI, or FAST)
· State Issued Enhanced Driver's License (when available)
· Enhanced Tribal Cards (when available)
· U.S. Military Identification with Military Travel Orders
U.S. Merchant Mariner Document when traveling in conjunction with
official maritime business
· Native American Tribal Photo Identification Card
· Form I-872 American Indian Card
For further information see U.S. Customs and Border Protection's website Ready, Set...Go!
Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative is a result of the Intelligence
Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA), requiring all
travelers to present a passport or other document that denotes identity
and citizenship when entering the U.S.
goal of the initiative is to strengthen U.S. border security while
facilitating entry for U.S. citizens and legitimate foreign visitors by
providing standardized documentation that enables the Department of
Homeland Security to quickly and reliably identify a traveler.