Posted: Mar 29, 2013 8:40 AM by MTN News - KALISPELL
Updated: Mar 29, 2013 8:43 AM
GREAT FALLS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reminding travelers to be prepared if you're heading to Canada as the busy spring holiday travel season kicks off.
Customs and border agents say there's longer than usual wait times because of sequestration cuts and there are also certain items that are prohibited to cross the border. But, technology is helping the process to get you across the border faster.
But you need to be prepared when heading north of the border. The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requires U.S. and Canadian citizens, age 16 and older to present a valid, acceptable travel document, such as a passport, a U.S. passport card, a trusted traveler card (NEXUS, SENTRI, Global Entry or FAST/EXPRES), permanent resident card or an enhanced driver's license that denotes both identity and citizenship when entering the U.S. by land or sea.
U.S. and Canadian citizens under age 16 may present a birth certificate or alternative proof of citizenship when entering by land or sea. All travelers must have a passport book for international air travel.