posted on Apr, 5 2005 @ 04:12 PM
By 2007, Canadians wishing to come into America must show a passport, and by 2008 Americans will need them when returning. Biometric identifiers will
be required for Canadians wishing to enter after December 31st, 2006. The announcement is part of a larger plan for US Security, starting in the
Caribbean, then Mexico, and finally coming to Canada. The Canadians are reconsidering their rules, and are considering requiring passports for entry
"Our system has really always worked on the basis of reciprocity," McLellan said outside the House of Commons.
"There's no point in either of us going off in a direction without working together to determine how best we can facilitate the flow – a free flow
– and movement of low-risk individuals."
The United States is also putting pressure on European countries to speed up introduction of new high-security passports containing a computer chip
with a digital photograph.
If the new European Union passports are not in use by the end of October, the United States says it might remove the EU's visa-waiver status. Some
analysts have said that could mean a loss of more than $10 billion US to the U.S. travel industry.
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That it took them so long to start requiring a system for Canada that is still far more lax than the rest of the world is absurd. Our border with
Canada is HUGE, and we can cross pretty much freely, with ony a drivers liscence. I'm surprised there hasn't already been a catastrophe involving
people coming down through Canada.
Still, better go an buy those meds quick, huh?