US/Canada Passport laws

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  1. SamiWCP

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    Does anyone know what the situation is, or actual date that we need to now have passports before we can enter Canada? With the transformercon coming up, I'm curious as to whether or not we'll need one to get over there.

    Under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)

    The proposed implementation timeline has two phases:

    Beginning January 23, 2007, ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda will be required to present a valid passport, Air NEXUS card, or U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Document, or an Alien Registration Card, Form I-551, if applicable.

    As early as January 1, 2008, ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda by land or sea (including ferries), may be required to present a valid passport or other documents as determined by the Department of Homeland Security. While recent legislative changes permit a later deadline, the Departments of State and Homeland Security are working to meet all requirements as soon as possible. Ample advance notice will be provided to enable the public to obtain passports or passport cards for land/sea entries.


    So, as of right now, driving into Canada is still ok without the passport, right?
     
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    exactly.
     
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    Yes, till next year. For me, in Minnesota I have a unique situation. If i want to go to the Northwest angle (which is in Minnesota) I would have to cross into Canada, and thus (even though I will be going from part of the US to another), I would need a passport. That will probably really hurt the resort owners there. I know a few people who will not be going there again because of this.

    Info on the Northwest Angle, Minnesota

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northwest_Angle
     
  4. DevilzFan

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    You need passports for USA Jr. now? :cry 

    Ah well, there goes my annual drive into Sherbrooke from New Hampshire starting in 08.
     
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    yep. As of the 23rd of Jan. passports are required to all travel to an from the US.
     
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    Seriously I don't get the fuss. How can anyone *not* have a passport?
     
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    I've been dragging my feet on getting one, and I didn't care for having to lug my birth certifcate around when I flew into Canada last summer. I need to get on the ball.
     
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    Same here. Hell I still hate getting a fishing liscense every year.

    Im so lazy with all the legal paperwork, no wonder I wont get married (haha)
    Relationship's are complicated as they are
     
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    Have never needed one. My only trips out of the country were just over the border to Canada. Why would I need one before?
     
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    Yeah, this I just don't get.
    It's not that expensive or that much of a hassle, and you have a legal document that is valid most everywhere in the world for anything.
     
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    I live in Oklahoma and rarely even leave the state. WTH do I need with a passport. I hate travel.
     
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    Ya I've had a passport since I was 16, and the fee for a document that saves me so much hassle and lasts 5-6 years, its totally worth having for travel and just as a general piece of ID.

    On a sidenote, its cool to see your thinking about making the trip up to TransformersCon Sami.
     
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    the last time i used a Passport (or left the United States while not for military) was back in 1996. That was when i went to the Philippines.

    Always wanted to go to Canada (damn g/f went while i was overseas)...so i might get me one coming up.
     
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    I applied for my passport today. They said it would take up to 8 weeks to get it. Yikes!
     
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    I can't imagine not having a passport. Can't imagine not having the desire to go outside of my country of origin either, though.
     
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    Jeez that's nuts, I know my grandparents just got there's renewed in the fall only took 4 weeks.
     
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    Dude, that is really interesting. I love learning facts like this. i'll get drunk one night, and bring this up, and people will be amazed that i know about this. Seriously, i find stuff like this just to make myself sound smarter.

    it's very odd though, kinda like the town the world forgot.
     
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    i remember that show with nolte, martin short and that little kid trying to drive to canadia. gotta get that dvd.

    jux dude love your sig! its so screwed up! argh!
     
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    Getting a passport is expensive too. My wife and I got one before we got married so we can go on our honeymoon and it cost us.....something crazy like $140 each.
     

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