New Passport Policy for Travel to USA

PDAD&C, 2006-07

Re: New Passport Policy for Travel to USA

On January 23, 2007, a new U.S. policy-The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)-will come into effect. This policy requires all persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air between U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda to present valid passports. It is important to note this new policy affects US citizens visiting or living in Canada.

The second phase of the WHTI will include travel to the United States by all modes, including land and sea and will come into effect as early as January 1, 2008 and no later than June 1, 2009. The United States has yet to release the rules for land and sea travel; however, a valid passport will be required for all modes of travel under WHTI. Additional information can be found at:

If University of Toronto faculty or staff have any questions after reviewing the website listed above, UofT faculty or staff may contact Rachel Kasimer, University Employment and Immigration Officer.