For years you could travel between the United States and Canada armed only with a driver’s license. It was great because it meant you could take a quick trip to Canada without bothering to pay the hundred bucks or so for a Passport! Unfortunately, that all ended several years ago and now travel between Canada and the United States is covered by the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. In fact, if you are returning from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean Region, chances are you will need a U.S. Passport Book or a card.
Passport Entry Requirements
- If you travel by air from any international location, you are required to have a U.S. Passport Book in order to regain entry.
- If you travel by land or sea from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean Region, you will need to supply a U.S. Passport Book or Card.
- If you travel from any U.S. territory, you only need a valid photo ID.
If you travel to Canada and are a citizen of the United States, you do not need a visa to visit Canada. Specifically the following do not need a visa to visit Canada – citizens of the United States as well as:
persons lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence who are in possession of their alien registration card (Green card) or can provide other evidence of permanent residence;
If you travel to Mexico and are a citizen of the United States, you will not need a visa but you will need a U.S. Passport (to show that you can return to the United States) or other form of citizenship identification.