The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) is a U.S. law that will require all travelers, including U.S. and Canadian citizens, to present a valid passport or other secure document when traveling to the United States from within the western hemisphere. The Canada Border Services Agency has issued this advisory for Canadian citizens traveling to the U.S. by land or water.
Attention: Canadian citizens traveling to the United States by land or water
As of January 31, 2008, if you travel to the U.S. by land or water, a U.S. law will require you to present:
- a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s licence; AND
- a birth certificate or a citizenship card; OR
- A valid passport;OR
- A NEXUS or a Free and Secure Trade (FAST) card;OR
- For those 18 and under, a birth certificate.
Canadian citizens flying to or through the U.S. must present a valid Canadian passport.
To find out more of the document requirements and to help you plan for your U.S. travel, please visit or call:
1 800 O-Canada (1 800 622-6232)
Source: Canada Border Service Agency