Passports needed to fly to U.S. as of Jan. 23

Same will be needed about one year later at land border crossings
||Last Updated: 12/01/2006

It's official. Canadians flying to the United States will need to show a passport as of Jan. 23, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said on Nov. 21.

The U.S. government is also moving forward on implementing a law that will require passports or secure documents for land border crossings, which should happen in about one year.

The new requirements might not make that much of a difference for air travellers. Homeland Security conducted a survey and found that 90 per cent of passengers leaving Canadian airports for the U.S. already carry passports and 69 per cent leaving the American airports for Canada do as well.