Traveling Canada Passport Requirements
So you’re thinking about taking a trip to visit our friendly neighbors to the north, eh? Its close proximity, the Niagara Falls, skiing in Banff, and the trendy cosmopolitan cities of Vancouver and Toronto are reasons enough to visit the country we all love to pretend to hate. And from Chicago, Canada is less than five hours away by car and even faster by train. But what will you need to successfully make it across the border? After all, it is a foreign country with a very real international border.
Visas and Passports
U.S. Citizens do not need a visa if they are going as a tourist for less than 180 days. Frequent travelers are encouraged to join the NEXUS trusted traveler program, which provides members with a special travel card that allows them to move through the border crossings quicker. But for the average traveler or tourist, simply having proof of citizenship and a photo ID is all one needs to take a trip to Canada. So what exactly constitutes proof of citizenship?
Required Travel Documents (only one needed):
By Land or by Sea:
Valid U.S. Passport
Valid U.S. Passport Card
Enhanced Drivers License
*exceptions to the requirement for U.S. Citizens under the age of 16 (or under 19, if traveling with a school, religious, or other youth group) who can instead present a certified birth certificate, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or a naturalization certificate.
Traveling with Minors
Traveling to Canada with a minor who is not your own child or whom you do not have full legal custody is only allowed if you present a notarized affidavit of consent from the minor’s parents. This paper must include travel dates, photocopies of their state-issued IDs, and the names of the parents.
Of course, if you need your passport even quicker, then contact a professional expediting company like Fastport Passport. Canada is a quick, easy trip away. Don’t let the paperwork prevent you from your northern vacation.