Passport and Travel Documents

Passport Canada issues passports to Canadian citizens for travel abroad. The current Canadian passport must be renewed every five years. Passport Canada is launching a new ePassport in 2012. This passport will be renewable every 10 years for adults and renewable for children after several years yet to be determined. The ePassport contains a digital chip in the back cover that will contain the same information as is now contained on Page 2 of the current passport. However, the passport photo will be digitized and can be scanned with the photo entered into a facial recognition system that can identify persons of interest to security officials.

The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) is a U.S. law that requires all travellers, including U.S. and Canadian citizens, to present a valid passport or other approved secure document when entering the United States from within the western hemisphere.