In compliance with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, the United States Customs and Border Protection recently announced that as of June 1, 2009, United States and Canadian citizens aged 16 and older must present one of the following in order to enter the United States by land or sea:

  • United States or Canadian Passport; or
  • United States Passport Card; or
  • Trusted Traveler Cards (NEXUS, SENTRI, or FAST); or
  • State or Provincial Issued Enhanced Driver’s Licence (which denotes identity and citizenship; or
  • I-551 United States Permanent Resident (“Green”) Card.

United States and Canadian citizens under the age of 16 may continue to use a birth certificate to enter the United States by land or sea after June 1, 2009.

We urge United States and Canadian citizens to apply for the appropriate documentation now, since this initiative will go into effect as of June 1, 2009. Until then, travellers may use alternative forms of identification such as a valid driver’s licence in addition to a birth certificate or military identification in order to enter the United States by land or sea.

Also, as a reminder, please note that all travellers, regardless of age, must possess a valid passport in order to enter the United States by air.