CROSSING THE BORDER
We would like to take a moment to enlighten our guests about some border crossing misconceptions. Although we share the longest undefended border in the world, it is still a border between two different countries. It is hard to sometimes realize this because of the friendly history between our countries. However in our present security conscious world, enhanced border security is a fact of life we have to learn to live with.
With heightened security concerns and some recent changes to the rules regarding passports, there is a misconception that the border is getting much more difficult to cross. This is not the case if guests are well informed about the present requirements and arrive prepared.
IDENTIFICATION... Passports will be required for visitors to Canada to re-enter the United States starting June 1, 2009
Until recently, passports were not required of US or Canadian citizens crossing the Canadian/US border. New requirements from the US Department of Homeland Security have changed this. A passport is now required if you are travelling by air and will be required – by June 2009 – if you are traveling by land. These changes apply to Canadians traveling to the US, and US visitors to Canada returning home. These are US government requirements to enter or re-enter the US. Although our US guests do not need a passport to enter Canada, they will need one to return home. This is the current information that we have, check the Department of Homeland Security website to get up-to-date information and details.
We hope this information is helpful and clears the misconception that the Canadian government is making it harder for vacationers to enter our country. However there are other considerations for US citizens wanting to enter Canada who have criminal records. For more information regarding admissibility into Canada please visit www.infonorth.net. Here you will find all the up-to-date information regarding many aspects of crossing the Canadian/Us border.
Gord & Sharleen