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Kelly from Massachusetts asked

Passport- US to Canada?

Do I need a passport to travel from the US to Canada? I got different answers when looking for this answer.

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Linda from Nashville

Yes, you need a passport unless you have a special drivers license for entry into Canada and re entry into USA.. Check with your local authorities.. It is for entry to Canada only


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Bryce from Kamloops

If you are traveling by air, yes you'll need a passport.

However, if you are traveling by land or sea, you can cross without a passport. You just need an enhanced drivers license (or enhanced identification for non-drivers). This is not a traditional drivers license, it does cost extra and it does have an additional process to it (generally an 'interview' stage)

For Canada/US, there are some scenarios where you can still cross (land/sea) with traditional ID and a birth certificate, but they do hold you up considerably.

I have both a Passport and an enhanced drivers license -- land/sea, I will use the eDL exclusively. Passport is when I travel internationally via Canada.


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Janelle from Charleston

You will need your current passport to go to Canada and come back into the USA.  The days of needing only a driver's licence or government issued photo ID ended after 9-11.


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Bryce
EDLs are accepted for land/sea crossings
 
 
 
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Roxie

I've traveled multiple times from my home state of Florida to hike in Canada. If you are flying in, you will need a passport book (a standard passport like you'd need to go abroad). If you are driving in, you will need a passport card (the size of a driver's license). Both require time to get, so be sure to plan ahead!


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Marlin

I just got a passport card to go to Mexico. Canada they said I would need the passport paper the card is just a little bit less expensive


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Erika from Omaha

YES


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Sherry

Yes, unless you have a Washington enhanced drivers license. Passport is better.


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Jeanne

Hello Kelly,

Please bring a passport.  The days of driver's licenses for entering Canada are in the past. Borders have tightened up security as the world changes. If you are a dual citizen - Canadian/American, be prepared to answer security questions appropriately. Anyone can be chosen for a random intense check.


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Bryce
EDLs are accepted for land/sea crossings.
 
 
 
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Elizabeth from Ottawa

Yes, you need a passport.  The open border closed several years ago.


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Bryce
land/sea you can just use an EDL
 
 
 
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Peggy from Detroit

Proof of citizenship and proof of identity.  U.S. birth certificate and drivers license. Google travel to Canada from U.S. Will give you Canadian government answer.


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Marie-France from Toronto

Yes, you definitely do! It's been a long time since you could cross with just a driver's license or other piece of ID, and that only worked for US and Canadian citizens. 


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Bryce
land/see you can travel with just an EDL.
 
 
 
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Hazel from Port St. Lucie

absolutely, as well as on the way back. and no funny biz at the gate or you will be detained for hours.


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Zoe from Chicago

The best place for U.S. Citizens to check on travel requirements for each country is the State Department website. Here's link to Canada: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Canada.html A long time ago you could cross with just your driver's license from your home state, but not any more.


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Zoe
Oops just noticed someone linked that already! :)
 
 
 
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Brahim from Marrakech

The answer is no as long as you hold a valid US passport and you have no criminal record. 

 

If you travel by air your passport meet to be at least 6 valid.


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Zoe
Brahim - maybe you're referring to a visa. You don't need a visa for stays shorter than 180 days, but you do need a passport.
 
 
 
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Andrea from Sandwich (Illinois)

Yes you do! Anytime you leave the country you have to use a passport. Years ago (can’t remember exactly maybe 5-10 years) you could have travelled to Canada without one, but the policy changed and now you have to have a passport (the book one, not the passport card). Here is more info from the State Department https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Canada.html


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Kelly
Thank you so much and thanks for the link.
 

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Bryce
land/sea, you can travel with an EDL - Passport is needed for air.
 
 
 
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