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U.S. Increases Identification Restrictions on Travel to Canada — Yes, Canada — and Mexico

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Originally published on on Mon, 06/01/2009 – 2:13pm

In your mind, it may be summer travel season. But you may not want to travel far, given the economy, price of gas, employment situation, et al. If Canada or Mexico is your destination this summer, have fun but bring your passport.

Starting today, the transition to a virtually required passport situation has ended. If you have traveled by land or sea, there was a grace period but as of today, all adult travelers must have either a passport or one of a specific list of exceptions. No more drivers license and birth certificate.

The exceptions to the passport include a passport card, a trusted traveler card such as NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST, or an enhanced driver’s license.

The carefree days of being able to state your country of origin, answer a few innocuous questions, and be easily on your way — are over.

Will this mean slowed down travel at the border? Fewer people traveling in between the two countries?

The increased border security between the U.S. and Canada came as a complete surprise on Friday to two people who should know more about the subject: George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

During their joint appearance at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown Toronto, Bush and Clinton were surprised to hear about the heightened border security between the world’s longest unprotected border.

Clinton could be somewhat forgiven, but the extreme shift in border security not only happened on Bush’s watch, but also his administration worked very hard to implement these actions, and put harsh pressure on then Canadian Prime Minister Jean ChrĂ©tien (and his successors, Paul Martin, and current PM Stephen Harper) to crack down.


Written by democracysoup

June 1, 2009 at 2:13 pm

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