Do I need a passport to go to Canada?

  • Here's a note about passports from our tour company's president:

    If you have been wondering about whether your students will need passports to travel to Canada next spring, the answer is NO (if you're traveling by motorcoach or train, and YES (if your group will be flying to Canada).

    Though the shape of the final regulation is not yet certain, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced its intention to begin requiring passports for U.S. citizens returning to the United States from Canada (by land and sea) "sometime in the summer of 2008", and NOT January 1, 2008 as originally planned.

    However, this announcement included a plan to exempt all Canadian and American children under the age of 16, and children 18 and under who will be traveling on school field trips if entering Canada by train or motorcoach. (Please note that the current requirements that all children have original birth certificates will continue to apply.)

    The final regulation will be announced sometime in the fall, but it is clear that no changes will be implemented before summer. If you might be contemplating a summertime trip, we expect that the changes will be implemented in the late summer, at the earliest. Congress has given DHS until June, 2009 to start, and it is our opinion that the Department will need all of that time (and more) to put the final regulations in place.

    VISIT CANADA will continue to track this situation, of course, and we will send follow-up emails as changes (and/or delays) in the timeline are announced.

    Please don't hesitate to call us at 800.456.5552 in the meantime if you have any questions about your particular group or trip.

    J. Michael Donovan

    President Visit Canada

    134 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth NH 03801 800.456.5552

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