Get your passport ready for travel

Fall 2009 CSANews Issue 72  |  Posted date : Sep 24, 2009.Back to list

If you will be travelling this fall, don't wait until the last minute to apply for your passport or to renew an existing one. Passports can be renewed up to six months ahead of their expiry date. Please note that you must have six clear months left on your passport - after your scheduled return date - for it to be accepted for international travel (including to the United States).

Please also note that the final phase of the U.S. Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) has been implemented since last year's snowbird season. You will require a passport or other WHTI-compliant document in order to cross the border this fall. Some provincial driver's licences have been recently introduced with updated security features but, in fact, are NOT border-crossing "enhanced" driver's licences. Please check your documentation before travelling.

Updated September 24, 2009

PASSPORT EXPIRY DATES - (SIX MONTHS BEYOND YOUR RETURN DATE)

Update to CSANews article in Issue 72 - Good News for Snowbirds!

As a general rule, passports must be valid for six months beyond the date that the traveller will exit the country being visited.

UNITED STATES SNOWBIRDS

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has now waived the "additional six months" rule for Canadians which means that you can travel to the U.S. this coming winter with your current Canadian passport provided it will not expire until after you complete your trip to the United States.

If you are not a Canadian citizen (and will be using a passport from another country to enter the United States) you will need to confirm that your country of citizenship is also being waived from the six month expiry date rule.

TAKING A CRUISE THIS COMING WINTER

Please note that if you plan to take a cruise while away this winter, there is no waiver of the passport rule for being "valid for six months beyond the end of the cruise". As you will be sailing to several international ports-of-call, the cruise line will insist that your passport is valid for six months beyond the duration of your cruise.

WINTERING IN A COUNTRY OTHER THAN THE UNITED STATES

If you are spending the winter months in a country other than the United States, and your current passport will expire in less than six months from when you are planning to return to Canada, you will need to confirm that the country you are visiting will also waive the six month valid rule as well.

Passport Canada will renew your passport up to a year in advance of its planned expiry date but you may have to provide an explanation if it is not due to expire in the next six months (when they normally expect people to renew).





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