Crossing the U.S./Canada Border? Bring Documentation

Business Jet Traveler » April 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 5:00am

Travelers are no longer allowed to simply declare their citizenship to immigration officers at U.S/Canada border crossings. Those aged 19 and older must now show a passport, a "trusted traveler" card or a birth certificate along with government-issued identification, such as a driver's license. A driver's license isn't considered proof of citizenship but can document the bearer's identity in support of other proof. For resident aliens, an original "green card" constitutes proof of permanent U.S. residence and, together with photo ID, will suffice to re-enter the country.

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““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”

-—actor and comedian Ricky Gervais