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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 2018 Canadian Tour Planner & Operator Guide