Travel Requirements for Canadian Citizens

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

AIR TRAVEL – Implemented on January 23, 2007, ALL PERSONS traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean region are required to present a passport or other valid travel document to enter or re-enter the United States.

LAND AND SEA TRAVEL – Implemented on January 31, 2008, U.S. and Canadian citizens will need to present either a WHTI-compliant document, or a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, plus proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate. DHS also proposes to begin alternative procedures for U.S. and Canadian children at that time.

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Canadian citizens who are planning to travel to the United States for cancer treatment generally must be able to demonstrate that the purpose of their trip is to enter the United States for medical treatment; that they plan to remain for a specific, limited period; and that they intend to return to their home country.

If you live outside the United States and would like to receive a consultation, second opinion, or obtain cancer treatment at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI), our referral specialists, available at 1-716-845-4020, will be able to help you coordinate all aspects of your cancer care at Roswell Park. Depending on your medical treatment coverage through insurance or government programs, you may be responsible for a portion or all of your expenses incurred at RPCI. A deposit may also be required prior to beginning treatment.They will help you coordinate discussions with a financial counselor, if required, and will also be able to determine what type of information would need to be provided to our physicians in advance of the visit, and any other specific questions you may have about the referral process.