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U.S. Passport Rules
Land and Sea Travel to the USA
Travelers to the USA by land or sea are required to present a passport or other approved secure document denoting citizenship and
identity for all land and sea travel to the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published the WHTI land and sea final rule
more than a year in advance of its implementation to give the public time to obtain the WHTI-compliant documents they will need to
enter or re-enter the United States on or after June 1, 2009.
WHTI-compliant documents include a
Passport, a Trusted Traveler Card (NEXUS,
SENTRI, and FAST), or an Enhanced
Drivers Licence. The U.S. Department
of State is accepting applications for
Passport Cards and additional states
and some Canadian provinces are issuing
Enhanced Drivers Licences, both of which
are options specifically designed for land
and sea border use.
DHS has instituted special provisions
that allow school or other organized groups
of children ages 18 and under who are U.S.
or Canadian citizens to enter the U.S. with
proof of citizenship alone. U.S. and Canadian
children under age 16 arriving by land or sea
from contiguous territory may present an original
or copy of a Birth Certificate, a Consular Report
of Birth Abroad, a Naturalization Certificate, or a
Canadian Citizenship Card.
With the implementation of WHTI, travelers
are required to present a single WHTI-compliant
document denoting both citizenship and identity when seeking entry into the United States through a land or sea border. DHS says
standardized, secure, and reliable documentation help Customs and Border Protection officers to quickly and accurately identify
travelers at land and sea ports of entry. Both the Enhanced Drivers Licence and the Passport Card contain security features to prevent
counterfeiting and include vicinity Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to help speed the entry process at the land borders.
The 2017 Canadian Tour Planner & Operator Guide