Click on a category for more information on the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI):
Children: Beginning June 1, 2009, U.S. and Canadian citizen children under age 16 arriving by land or sea from contiguous territory may also present an original or copy of his or her birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, a Naturalization Certificate, or a Canadian Citizenship Card.
Groups of Children: Beginning June 1, 2009, U.S. and Canadian citizen children under age 19 arriving by land or sea from contiguous territory and traveling with a school group, religious group, social or cultural organization, or sports team, may also present an original or copy of his or her birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, a Naturalization Certificate, or a Canadian Citizenship Card.
The group should be prepared to present a letter on organizational letterhead with the following information:
- The name of the group and supervising adult,
- A list of the children on the trip, and the primary address, phone number, date of birth, place of birth, and name of at least one parent or legal guardian for each child,
- A written and signed statement of the supervising adult certifying that he or she has obtained parental or legal guardian consent for each participating child.
Native Americans: Native Americans will be able to continue presenting tribal documents until June 1, 2009, provided they are affixed with a photo. Customs and Border Protection is working closely with interested Native American tribes toward the development of an enhanced tribal card that complies with WHTI.
"Closed Loop" Cruises: U.S. citizens who board a cruise ship at a port within the United States, travel only within the Western Hemisphere, and return to the same U.S. port on the same ship may present a government issued photo identification, along with proof of citizenship (an original or copy of his or her birth certificate, a Consular report of Birth Abroad, or a Certificate of Naturalization). Please be aware that you may still be required to present a passport to enter the foreign countries your cruise ship is visiting. Check with your cruise line to ensure you have the appropriate documents.
U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents: Document requirements for Lawful Permanent Residents will not change under WHTI. U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents can continue to use their permanent resident card (Form I-551) or other valid evidence of permanent residence status.
U.S. Military: U.S. citizens can present a valid U.S. Military identification card when traveling on official orders.
Merchant Mariners: U.S. citizens may present an unexpired Merchant Marine Document in conjunction with maritime business.
Ferries and Small Boats: Passengers on ferries and
small boat operators are processed much like travelers entering
the U.S. through a land border. They are required to present a WHTI-compliant
Boaters, who have an I-68 form, will need to follow the new travel
document requirements. Ensuring that you have a WHTI-compliant document
(U.S. Passport Card, Enhanced Driver’s License/Enhanced Identification
Card, Global Entry/NEXUS/SENTRI/FAST/EXPRES or Passport) will enable you to continue
to utilize telephonic clearance procedures currently in place for
An I-68 form is not considered an identity document or a travel