Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative

Before you travel, learn the entry requirements of the foreign country you are traveling to.

Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative Passport Requirements
Returning to the U.S. From
Type of Travel
Document Required
Any International Location
Travel by air
Commercial airplane, private airplane, etc.
U.S. Passport Book
Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the
Caribbean Region
Travel by Land
Car, bus, train, by foot, etc.
U.S. Passport Book or Card
Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the
Caribbean Region
Travel by sea
Commercial cruise line, private boat, etc
U.S. Passport Book or Card
A U.S. Territory
Travel by Air, Land or Sea
Air, Land or Sea
Valid Photo ID

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will allow certain groups of travelers to re-enter the United States without a U.S. passport, like members of the military and certain supervised groups of children. WHTI travel requirements for these groups and the general public can be found at www.GetYouHome.gov.

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The following summarizes information available on the Department of Homeland Security's website:


The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative is a result of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA), requiring all travelers to present a passport or other document that denotes identity and citizenship when entering the United States.

The goal of WHTI is to strengthen U.S. border security while facilitating entry for U.S. citizens and legitimate foreign visitors by providing standardized documentation that enables the Department of Homeland Security to quickly and reliably identify a traveler.

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