Revised US travel requirements
MONTRÉAL, June 29, 2007 - Air Canada reminds air travelers that new document requirements for travel to and from the United States came into effect January 23, 2007, as per the United States' Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). All passengers including Canadian and U.S. citizens are required to present a valid passport.
This new regulation is a change from prior requirements. Effective January 23, 2007, driver licenses and other government-issued photo identification are no longer accepted as valid travel documentation for Canadian and U.S. citizens traveling by air between Canada and the United States. Alternatively, NEXUS cards are accepted by U.S. authorities when traveling by air from select Canadian airports to the United States.
For American citizens only, through September 30, 2007, due to longer-than-expected passport processing times in the United States, a U.S. government-issued photo identification (a proof of citizenship is recommended) and Department of State official proof of application for a U.S. passport will also be accepted for air travel between Canada and the United States.
Additional information on Canada-U.S. border regulations is available from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/, and the Canada Border Services Agency www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca.
We strongly recommend customers who do not hold valid passports apply for new passports well in advance of travel. Information on Canadian passport applications is available from Passport Canada www.pptc.gc.ca.
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