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Land ports of entry
As of January 31, 2008, Canadian citizens entering the United States by land must present one of the following valid documents:
There will be a transition period during which time travellers who do not present the appropriate documents may be delayed while U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers attempt to verify their citizenship and identity. Travellers may also be given an information sheet explaining the new procedures. The intent of this transition period is to raise awareness of the change, educate travellers and allow ample time for them to obtain the necessary documents.
The transition period will continue for approximately 12 months until the full implementation of the WHTI document requirements for entry into the United States by land and water takes effect June 1, 2009.
Upon full implementation of the U.S. WHTI on June 1, 2009, Canadian citizens will be required to present one of the following valid U.S. WHTI-compliant documents when entering the United States by land:
NOTE: Canadian citizens entering the United States by land but exiting by air must present a valid passport in compliance with U.S. air exit requirements. Refer to the air travel requirements for more information.
Upon full implementation of the U.S. WHTI on June 1, 2009, it is expected that the new secure Certificate of Indian Status card will also be accepted as a secure WHTI-compliant document, pending U.S. government approval.
Canadian citizens 15 years of age or under
will only require proof of citizenship, such as an original or a copy of a
birth certificate, or a Canadian
Entry requirements to the United States have not changed for non-Canadian citizens residing in Canada. For more information on U.S. entry requirements, consult the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Web site.
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