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Old 04-16-2013, 01:18 PM   #15
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Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I just got off the phone with Canada Border Services (didn't know such a place existed) and they said "Kitty Kitty only has to have her shots up to date and we either have to have a passport or birth certificate and government issued picture ID" That came straight from "The Horses Mouth"
Hi Teffy...You might want to read this:

Crossing U.S. Borders | Homeland Security

You are required to have a Passport coming back into the US from Canada. You might get into Canada but you won't be coming back without a passport. It sucks as we used to go to Ft. Erie and Toronto from Buffalo all the time growing up, but some idiots had to ruin it.
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Hi Teffy...You might want to read this:

Crossing U.S. Borders | Homeland Security

You are required to have a Passport coming back into the US from Canada. You might get into Canada but you won't be coming back without a passport. It sucks as we used to go to Ft. Erie and Toronto from Buffalo all the time growing up, but some idiots had to ruin it.
Ditto .... what you need is current "horses mouth" from BOTH the U.S Customs and Canada Customs regarding both your docs and kitty docs. They may be different depending on direction.
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:55 PM   #17
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Hi Teffy...You might want to read this:

Crossing U.S. Borders | Homeland Security

You are required to have a Passport coming back into the US from Canada. You might get into Canada but you won't be coming back without a passport. It sucks as we used to go to Ft. Erie and Toronto from Buffalo all the time growing up, but some idiots had to ruin it.
So If I want to say, move to Canada all I have to do is drive there and then they won't let me back? Cool!
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You don't need a passport to enter Canada. You HAVE TO have one to enter the USA. Welcome home.
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Hi,

I am a Canadian and my response is correct regarding not requiring a passport to drive into the US - that was my perspective in giving my advice. The link from Caveman CBB confirms this. I am not an American citizen and do not know what your specific requirements would be but that link does.

Apologies since I know I caused confusion.

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I am a Canadian and my response is correct regarding not requiring a passport to drive into the US - that was my perspective in giving my advice. The link from Caveman CBB confirms this. I am not an American citizen and do not know what your specific requirements would be but that link does.

Apologies since I know I caused confusion
Your post is still confusing as it only gives half the story. You say that you do not require a passport but do not suggest what can be substituted for a passport. That link suggests a couple of options that are definitely not of the normal things that are carried in every day wallets such as enhanced licenses, nexus and fast cards. It would probably be less confusing to suggest that a passport is necessary to cross the border. A simple every day license or birth certificate will not suffice.
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I called customs this afternoon and was told that we will need passports or a birth certificate and a government issued picture ID, and Kitty Kitty will need nothing. I told her I was born at home and have no BC, where upon she said that it may take as long as 6 hours to get back into the country. I guess I'll go down to the Post Office and see how to get a Passport. After living in this town (pop15,000) for 47 years it's not like people don't know me. I was able to get a tankerman's ticket, TWIC, and social security. I just need to find out what hoops I have to jump through. I sure thank everybody for the heads up. We used to cross both ways with nothing but a picture ID (drivers license)
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go apply for a NEXUS card. Its the easiest way to avoid the long border lines and the easiest to carry with you as its an ID card the size of your licence.
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I assume a cat is the same as a dog - you need proof of up-to-date vaccinations, which I think rabies is the one they look for. We have yet to be asked by US Customs for proof of shots for our dog.

You cannot take opened pet food across the border, at least into the US. It has to be in unopened original packages. We got detained and put under bright lights by US customs once because we took a 2 day supply of dog food in a baggie. Doesn't matter that it was made in the US to start with. Some irresponsible people were opening dog food bags and emptying them and putting in their favorite offshore concoctions with banned products in them.

Dog food is a real problem for we Canadians go to the US for just a few days. We have to buy a new unopened bag of food to take across each time we go camping for a weekend.
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Hi,

I am a Canadian and my response is correct regarding not requiring a passport to drive into the US - that was my perspective in giving my advice. The link from Caveman CBB confirms this. I am not an American citizen and do not know what your specific requirements would be but that link does.

Apologies since I know I caused confusion.

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I just want to point out, that the link you quoted was one I quoted from Whatnobeer. I want to give credit where credit is due.
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I assume a cat is the same as a dog - you need proof of up-to-date vaccinations
No a cat is not the same and does not need proof of rabies where as a dog does.
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Here's a quick summary from AAA Travel ... please note the differences for animals depending on owner citizenship.
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