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Old 08-04-2012, 05:05 PM
 
Location: SW France
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As an ex-pat when living in the US, strictly speaking I was supposed to carry my passport at all times, if I recall correctly.

Living in Texas we had to ensure that we had our passports when travelling to places like South Padre Island. The island is part of the US but there are border controls within the State. Similar situation round Big Bend NP.

Some Brit friends of ours were caught out by that.
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:20 PM
 
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Bottom line, to get into Canada:

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Canadian law requires that all persons entering Canada carry both proof of citizenship and proof of identity. A valid U.S. passport, passport card, or NEXUS card (see below) satisfies these requirements for U.S. citizens.
So yes, you and the children will all need valid US passports.
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Old 08-05-2012, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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Bottom line, to get into Canada:



So yes, you and the children will all need valid US passports.
So no,


"Children 16 years old or younger may enter Canada with only a birth certificate (original) or a naturalization certificate/citizenship card.
Groups of U.S. citizens ages 16 to 18 may enter Canada with a birth certificate (original) or a naturalization certificate/citizenship card if they are traveling for religious, school, sport or other organizational reasons. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


funny, I can take my grandkids to Canada (age 5 & 9) with out passports and got back into the us with out any problems.
Customs just briefly looked at the documents. They seamed more concerned with our dogs papers, rabies vac and if they went with the dogs we had. and that was just this spring.

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Old 08-05-2012, 09:24 AM
 
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So no,


"Children 16 years old or younger may enter Canada with only a birth certificate (original) or a naturalization certificate/citizenship card.
Groups of U.S. citizens ages 16 to 18 may enter Canada with a birth certificate (original) or a naturalization certificate/citizenship card if they are traveling for religious, school, sport or other organizational reasons. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


funny, I can take my grandkids to Canada (age 5 & 9) with out passports and got back into the us with out any problems.
Customs just briefly looked at the documents. They seamed more concerned with our dogs papers, rabies vac and if they went with the dogs we had. and that was just this spring.
Ok, so I'll get a passport. I'm glad I don't have the extra expense of getting the kids one right now.
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Old 08-05-2012, 11:17 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Here are Canadas complete set of rules and regulations. This should answer all questions about entering Canada.

Canada
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Old 01-22-2016, 11:50 AM
 
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I was wondering if my 16 yo grandson could travel with me to Canada with his military ID, my son is a WANG(Washington Air National Guard) pilot. I'd rather not have to take his original birth certificate with us and he doesn't need a passport.
Thanks.
Lyn, Seattle, WA
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Old 01-22-2016, 12:39 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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You will need a letter from your son allowing you to take him out of US

Documents Needed for Traveling With Grandchildren

He (Grandson) needs some form of ID, (A passport is good for 10yrs, or Secure Drivers Licence ) and living in Washington State there could be many trips to Canada in his future.

http://www.dhs.gov/secure-drivers-licenses

Canada


Entry into Canada: Canadian law requires that all persons entering Canada carry both proof of citizenship and proof of identity. A valid U.S. passport, passport card, or NEXUS card satisfies these requirements for U.S. citizens.


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Old 01-23-2016, 02:16 AM
 
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If you are an American and for some reason arrive at an American border without a passport the border guards obviously cant refuse you entry but they will pull you aside until you and your party have demonstrated to their satisfaction that you are indeed American citizens,an inconvenient and frustrating process that can take hours.
Just get a passport..
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Old 01-23-2016, 05:12 AM
 
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For a Michigan resident, just get the enhanced drivers license.

For someone who thinks they'll never get on a jet and fly internationally and doesn't live in one of the short list of states with an enhanced driver's license option, a passport card is cheaper and works fine getting into Canuckistan and Mexico by car.

I have both a passport and a passport card as a "just in case" I lose my passport. It also allows me to renew my passport and still be able to drive into Canada.... something that happens all the time. I keep a few spare credit cards along with my passport card as part of my "reconstruct my wallet" kit. My driver's license is issued in a state where the TSA is threatening to not honor it as a government photo ID so I toss the passport card in my wallet when I'm flying domestic flights just-in-case.
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Old 01-23-2016, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati, OH
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To all the people who are responding that passports are valid for ten years I'd like to remind you that's only true for adults. Children under 18 need to get passports every 5 years. We've had to have two panicked expiditied passports issued because we forgot to check the kids.
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