CANPASS - Remote Area Boarder Crossing (RABC) Permit
The CANPASS Remote Area Border Crossing (RABC) permit program is now being delivered by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Please note that turn around time for mailed in CANPASS RABC permits is at least 3 to 4 weeks.
The program is updated on a regular basis and a new application format is available yearly. Many important changes have been made to the program and application so we encourage you to use the current online or paper application to avoid complications or delays in processing.
NEW PASSPORT REGULATIONS FOR ALL PERSONS ARRIVING IN THE U.S. OR RE-ENTERING THE U.S., FROM CANADA, BY AIR.
New U.S. passport regulations mandated by the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) took effect January 23, 2007, and now require all U.S. and Canadian citizens who cross the U.S. and Canadian border by air to have a valid passport to establish their identity and citizenship.
NEW PASSPORT REGULATIONS FOR PERSONS ARRIVING IN THE U.S. OR RE-ENTERING THE US, FROM CANADA, BY LAND AND SEA/LAKE.
Presently, the regulations governing U.S. and Canadian citizens traveling to, or returning to the U.S. from Canada, by land and sea/lake, remain unchanged; all U.S. and Canadian Citizens crossing the U.S. and Canadian border by land and sea must be prepared to show either a passport, or other proof of citizenship such as a birth certificate, and a government-issued photo-ID such as a drivers license. A driver’s license is never proof of citizenship, of course, but can serve as documentation of the bearer’s identity in support of other proof of citizenship.
For resident aliens, an original green card is proof of permanent U.S. residence and, together with a photo-ID, will also suffice.
However, proposed, as yet unspecified changes mandated by WHTI will take effect sometime between January 1, 2008 (at the earliest), and June 1, 2009 (at the latest), whereupon U.S. and Canadian citizens will be required to present either passports “or other secure documents”, yet to be designated by the U.S. State Department.