|Volume 2, Issue 2|
Important Change in International Land and Sea Travel
By Angelika Villagrana
Effective January 31, 2008, U.S. and Canadian citizens ages 19 and older were no longer able to expect that they will be able to prove identity and citizenship by relying on oral declaration alone. Instead, travelers will be asked to present documents from one of the options below when entering the United States at land or sea ports of entry. Travelers who do not present one of the documents listed below may be delayed as U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers attempt to verify their identity and citizenship.
U.S. and Canadian Citizens – Single Document Option
One of the following documents should be presented to prove both identity and citizenship as of January 31, 2008:
* Frequent Land Border Crossers — to expedite processing into the United States, U.S. Customs and Border Protection recommends using one of the above asterisked documents.
U.S. and Canadian Citizens – Two Document Option
All U.S. and Canadian citizens who do not have one of the documents from the list above must present BOTH an identification and citizenship document from each of the lists below.
* All identification documents must have a photo, name and date of birth.
U.S. and Canadian Citizens – Procedures for Children
Effective January 31, 2008, U.S. and Canadian citizen children ages 18 and under will be expected to present a birth certificate issued by a federal, state, provincial, county or municipal authority.
For Travelers other than U.S. and Canadian Citizens
All existing nonimmigrant visa and passport requirements will remain in effect and will not be altered by the changes that are implemented on January 31, 2008.
U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents
For further information, please visit http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/