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Canada travel July 2007

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All of us will hopefully have current passports but checking on the travel.state.gov/passport site, seems that requirement has been delayed til Dec 2007.

If we went without a passport what documents are required.

Previously they just waved us through.

Although there was that time in about '78 I pulled up to the gates, decided didn't want to go thought customs at that time, and reversed back. They did put the panels back after the 2 hr search but the car rattled for two years after until I sold it.
 

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basham said:
Although there was that time in about '78 I pulled up to the gates, decided didn't want to go thought customs at that time, and reversed back. They did put the panels back after the 2 hr search but the car rattled for two years after until I sold it.
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that's funny, I am Canadian Chinese, I once went to Buffalo and got pull over and the US customs searched my car inside out. They found a "Florida" orange and told me off by warning me that I can not take fruits or farm products into US. But it came from US!

My boyfriend visits me every month from San Francisco, he never need a passport, he just show them his green card. I don't think a driver's license will do, you should at least have a birth certificate.

Between the borders, the treatment to each other's citizen is usually reciprocal. I used to go to US with my citizenship card and gets questioned to no end. I now always use a passport and everything is fine. But with the way things are going, I believe pretty soon, I should get myself a visa just to be on the safe side, but on the other hand.....US embassy is just about the most difficult place to deal with, the long lines......

Hope this help.
 

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basham said:
If we went without a passport what documents are required.

Assuming you are all born in the USA, you must have your ORIGINAL birth certificate (a photocopy will not suffice), and some form of government issued photo ID (driver's licence). Otherwise, if you were born outside the US but have US citizenship, your original citizenship card.

At least that's what we need from the Canadian side to get into the US and then back into Canada. Basically they're looking for proof of citizenship and proof of identity.

There is talk that even with the new passport regulations, there may be some sort of special ID card for Canadians (not sure about the US side) which will be cheaper to obtain than a passport.

My advice? Get a passport - it just makes life easier and you're pretty much waved right on through - unless you try to reverse out of line at the border - LOL!!

Bev
 

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BevL said:
Assuming you are all born in the USA, you must have your ORIGINAL birth certificate (a photocopy will not suffice), and some form of government issued photo ID (driver's licence). Otherwise, if you were born outside the US but have US citizenship, your original citizenship card.

At least that's what we need from the Canadian side to get into the US and then back into Canada. Basically they're looking for proof of citizenship and proof of identity.

There is talk that even with the new passport regulations, there may be some sort of special ID card for Canadians (not sure about the US side) which will be cheaper to obtain than a passport.

My advice? Get a passport - it just makes life easier and you're pretty much waved right on through - unless you try to reverse out of line at the border - LOL!!

Bev

Yes, we will all have passports, I'm sure. My wife's has expired and she needs to renew it.

Just to put the question in perspective.

I'm Australian and travel on an Australian passport although I have lived in the US for many years.

My wife, born in Scotland of a US father, travels on a US passport.

Our three kids, born in the USA, are currently travelling on Australian passports because I needed to register them as Australian born overseas, before they turned 18, and the dual nationality I thought was important. In reality they are US citizens and will probability travel on either passport depending on what they want to do and world circumstances at the time.

I like travelling to Canada, my Scotts relatives emmigrated to Nova Scotia and I like introducing my kids to other cultures, particularly Frence Canadian and the blending of cultures in Quebec. Makes the kids think.
 

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I'm so paranoid now, that I won't travel anywhere without my passport.

My daughter was flying from Toronto to Montreal on a day business trip yesterday, and I told her to take her passport.

I equate airports with passports, no matter where you are going.
 
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