Looking for reports of recent experiences for Americans going to and from Canada WITHOUT PASSPORT. We don't have passports, and everything I've read says we just need original birth certificate and picture ID, but has anyone had trouble without a passport? We'll be entering Canada at the Vancouver airport, prior to boarding Dawn Princess there. We're also thinking about visiting the Yukon while in Skagway, but don't know if we'll have hassle with crossing over and back while there.
We had no troubles in either case. Canadian customs at the airport was very efficient. No delays at all by using birth certs.
When going thru US customs on the way back towards Skagway, we were on a tour van, we weren't even checked. Agent looked in and waved us on. It might be different if you're in a rental and on your own.
It's not "easier" to have a passport when it costs almost $200 per couple to get them. We would rather exclude the Yukon shore excursion than to have to pay that kind of money for something we'll never use again. (This is our once-in-a-lifetime trip, celebrating a 50th anniversary.)
My prior experience when flying into Canada, was to have a "raised seal" copy of your birth certificate. Think it cost us $5.00 years ago. We have since gotten our passports. But I do believe it has to be a raised seal. Then you should have no problem. You should have no problem just getting across the border, especially if you have that.
Hope this helps and enjoy!
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Gosh u 'folk's' sure are luckier than I was. As a Canadian entering the US I wldn't even try without a passport anymore - was warned I wld likely be turned back or at least be hassled and I did see some who, while not turned away, were hassled and detained, a few up to a hr or more, on my cruise last fall to Alaska. It's just as bad crossing from BC to Washington state too (had to spend 1/2 hr being questioned and finally offered my last cruise - port of entry - which they could access as proof of citizenship and had drivers license etc. too from BC) - No fun since 9/11 and 'they' say life is what u make it - don't fall for that one. Happy cruisin'!!
Thanks. This is the current kind of information I was looking for. We have raised-seal birth certificates, but they're kind of old (so are we!); you have to tilt it to see the shadows on the seal. Then, too, my name has changed since birth; hopefully the marriage certificate I have is the necessary documentation to prove that I'm the same person on the birth certificate. (I wouldn't say this to anyone too uptight, but everyone knows what a security risk us old folks are!)
Hi Cruisebee - yah I know what u mean about the oldsters being dangerous being one myself - why think of the damage I could do with my cane if I could just move my legs and arm high enough - darned arthritis spoils everything....Happy cruisin'!!