New Requirements for Travel via Land or Sea Start January 31
Another phase of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) designed to tighten borders goes into effect January 31, 2008. It will require U.S. and Canadian citizens to take paperwork proving citizenship to enter the United States either by land or by sea.
Travelers entering the United States via land or sea from Canada will need to present the following to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers:
19 years or age and older:
· A Passport.
· A birth certificate or naturalization certificate supported by a government-issued photo ID.
18 years of age and younger:· A certified birth certificate or naturalization certificate or passport.or
· A copy of a birth certificate will be accepted if it’s accompanied by proof of a passport application.
No oral declarations will be accepted regardless of age.
NEXUS, SENTRI and FAST cards will continue to be accepted for cross-border travel.
In addition, at some point the State Department plans to implement the full requirements of WHTI, which will require passports and the other previously mentioned forms of identification to be the only accepted proof of citizenship for land and sea entry into the United States. This would impact those sailing on cruise ships with Caribbean, Mexico or Bermuda itineraries. It’s advisable to order your passport now before any potential delays occur. Current turnaround time is four to six weeks.
Also, remember all air travelers reentering the United States from Western Hemisphere destinations, including Canada, require a passport. Entering the United States via air from U.S territories or properties does not require a passport.
For up-to-date travel requirements, State Department Travel Warnings or Announcements and passport information, contact your local Carlson Wagonlit Travel expert at 317/913-3300 or visit www.carlsontravel.com/indy .