Do Americans Need a Passport to Go to Canada?


Quick Answer

Americans and others wishing to enter Canada must provide proof of citizenship and identity, such as valid passports, passport cards or NEXUS cards, before crossing the border. Children under age 16 are only required to present proof of citizenship.

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Do Americans Need a Passport to Go to Canada?
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Travelers can submit passport applications via the U.S. Department of State's website. U.S. and Canadian authorities encourage frequent travelers to join NEXUS, a trusted traveler program with benefits including expedited border crossings at both the U.S. and Canadian borders.

Tourists who wish to visit Canada for more than 180 days and people hoping to work, study or immigrate to Canada usually need visas.

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