The travel requirements implemented under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) go into effect on June 1, 2009 for U.S. and Canadian citizens applying for admission to the U.S. at land and sea ports of entry. U.S. and Canadian citizens who lack WHTI-compliant documents but are otherwise admissible will not be denied admission into the United States around June 1. Instead, travelers will be encouraged to continue their travel plans and to obtain secure WHTI travel documents as soon as possible. Examples of WHTI-compliant documents for entry into the United States at land and sea ports include:
- U.S. or Canadian passports;
- Trusted Traveler Card (NEXUS, SENTRI, or FAST/EXPRES);
- U.S. Passport Card;
- State or province-issued Enhanced Driver’s Licenses.
U.S. and Canadian citizen children under the age of 16 who arrive by land or sea from Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean need only present proof of citizenship, such as an original or copy of their birth certificate, a consular report of birth abroad, a naturalization certificate, or a Canadian citizenship card. Lawful permanent residents should continue to present their Form I-551, Lawful Permanent Resident card.