Travel with Maria Burridge
 
     
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Maria Burridge,
President, Know How Tours –
tour department of
Niagara Scenic Tours

 

Are YOU document ready to travel?
Travel documents, Passports & Canadian Travel

Get ready to experience, discover and explore through domestic and international excursions. First, take the time to check your passport. It may be time to renew. With many people taking a few years off from travel due to the pandemic and now planning that perfect vacation ahead - you want to be prepared with a valid passport. You passport must be good for up to six weeks after your planned return date. Don't get caught off guard. Renewing by mail is approximately 8-11 weeks due to the influx of applications.

The US Department of State recently operated a pilot program to renew passports on line. They quickly reached their quota of accepting 25,000 applications during this first phase of the pilot test program. The online renewal service closed to new customers after August 12 and will look to reopen it again in September. Look for will updates about plans for September if you are in need of simply renewing your recently expired or soon to be expire passport. Some restrictions may apply for this pilot program.

Border crossing at the Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Queenston/Lewiston crossings have changed but are very smooth crossings when prepared.

Traveling into Canada requires proof of citizenship AND the completion of the ArriveCAN app. When traveling into Canada, you should download app on your phone, follow the prompts to upload vaccination proof as well as border crossing and other information requested. This should be done no earlier than 72 hours prior to crossing and no less than 5 minutes before crossing to assure information is uploaded accurately in the system.

Proof of citizenship is: VALID passport (recommended), passport card (if entering by car, bus or ship) or Nexus card.

Traveling into Canada no longer requires Covid testing but DOES require proof of vaccination.

Note: Real ID is not a form of identification for crossing an international border. The real ID is a federal requirement along with TSA required. On May 3, 2023, U.S. travelers must be REAL ID compliant to board domestic flights and access certain federal facilities. Note: A passport is an acceptable form of identification and may be used in lieu of a REAL ID Drivers License or ID to board domestic flights and visit federal facilities. Check your ID - and get ready to book that trip!

Any questions or concerns-contact your travel professional who can guide you through this process.

Experience, Discover & Explore!