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Kelly R.

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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 Shecter

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    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 Campbell

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    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 Kennedy

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    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 C.

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      EDLs are accepted for land/sea crossings · (0 likelikes)

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  • Marlin Hauser

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    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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  • Roxie Gillis

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    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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  • Erika Gannon Haag

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    YES

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  • Sherry Meyers

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

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  • Jeanne Patterson

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    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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      EDLs are accepted for land/sea crossings. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Elizabeth MacLeod

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

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    • Bryce C.

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      land/sea you can just use an EDL · (0 likelikes)

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  • Peggy Green

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    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 Roy

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    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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      land/see you can travel with just an EDL. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Hazel B

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    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 Wu

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    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 W.

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      Oops just noticed someone linked that already! :) · (0 likelikes)

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  • Andrea Florescu

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    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 R.

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      Thank you so much and thanks for the link. · (0 likelikes)

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      land/sea, you can travel with an EDL - Passport is needed for air. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Brahim Jounh

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    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 W.

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      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. · (1 likelikes)

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