A warm welcome to our American friends! Do plan to come early when you visit the Shaw Festival and enjoy beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and the many Niagara attractions.
Line-ups at border crossings can sometimes cause delays, and traffic on the QEW from Toronto at certain times can be heavy. Please allow at least two hours for your drive from Toronto. For border wait times and traffic conditions on the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge (Queenston, Ontario and Lewiston, NY), Rainbow Bridge (Niagara Falls) or Peace Bridge (Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, NY), visit cbsa.gc.ca or contact the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission at 1.800.715.6722 (press option 2)
TRAVELER identification requirements for border crossings
Welcome to our cross-border region! To assist with your travel plans to our area, we are pleased to provide these details regarding the current travel identification requirements.
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requires U.S. travelers to present a passport or other document that denotes identity and citizenship when entering the U.S. by land or water. For an easy reference guide to acceptable forms of identification into the United States, click here.
Passport: For detailed information about obtaining or renewing your U.S. passport, visit the U.S. Department of State, Passport Services Office, or access U.S. passport application services from the United States Postal Service.
Nexus Card: The NEXUS program is limited to citizens of Canada and the United States. For information on how to apply visit U.S. Customs and Border Protection Program Description.
State-issued enhanced drivers licenses: EDLs provide proof of identity and U.S. citizenship, are issued in a secure process, and include technology that makes travel easier. They provide travelers with a low-cost, convenient alternative for travelling between Canada and the United States through a land or sea port of entry, in addition to serving as a permit to drive.
For detailed information on entry requirements and what you are permitted to bring into Canada, visit the Canada International website.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do I need a passport to enter Canada?
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), requires anyone, including U.S. citizens, entering or re-entering the United States by air, land and sea to have a valid WHTI-compliant document such as a passport or a NEXUS card when used at a NEXUS kiosk at designated airports. U.S. citizens can also use a state-issued enhanced driver’s license.
International visitors to Canada that are not U.S. citizens must carry a valid passport and visa (if required). Citizens from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Mexico, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia and others do not require a visa to enter Canada. Visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada online for a complete listing.
2. What are the requirements for children entering Canada?
U.S. and Canadian citizens under the age of 16, or under the age of 19 if traveling with a school, religious, or other youth group, may present a passport, a birth certificate, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Canadian Citizenship Card, or a naturalization certificate. Birth certificates can be an original, photocopy, or certified copy.
Divorced parents who share custody of their children should carry copies of the legal custody documents. Adults who are not parents or guardians must have written permission from the parents or guardians to accompany the children. When travelling with a group of vehicles, parents or guardians should travel in the same vehicle as the children for border crossing.
3. Where can American travellers get a U.S. passport?
For detailed information about obtaining or renewing your U.S. passport, visit the U.S. Department of State, Passport Services Office, or access U.S. passport application services from the United States Postal Service.