Crossing the Border Between Canada and North Dakota

  1. Do I need a passport to get into the U.S.?
  2. What are approved travel documents for U.S. citizens? 
  3. What are approved travel documents for Canadian citizens? 
  4. Do I need a passport if I’m entering through the International Peace Garden? 
  5. What travel documents are required for traveling with children? 
  6. Are purchases made by Canadian residents exempt from North Dakota sales tax? 
  7. Are you able to make purchases if you don't plan on staying overnight in the U.S.? 
  8. What is the currency exchange rate?

Do I need a passport to get into the U.S.?

As of June 1, 2009, a U.S. law requires travelers to present a passport or other approved document when entering or returning to the United States. Make sure you're ready for your next trip across the border.

What are approved travel documents for U.S. citizens?

  • U.S. Passport - An internationally recognized travel document that verifies identity and citizenship and is accepted for travel by air, land and sea.
  • U.S. Passport Card - A new, limited-use travel document that is smaller and costs less than a U.S. passport and is only valid for travel by land and sea.
  • Enhanced Driver's License - Several states are issuing this voluntary driver's license that denotes identity and citizenship and is specifically designed for travel into the U.S. by land or sea.
  • Trusted Traveler Program Cards - NEXUS, SeNTRI or FAST cards can speed entry to the U.S. and are issued to pre-approved, low-risk travelers for land or sea travel. The NEXUS card can be used at land or sea ports of entry and in participating airports with a NEXUS kiosk. For Children - U.S. citizens under the age of 16, or under the age of 19 traveling with a school, religious or other youth group, may present a birth certificate, consular report of birth abroad, or naturalization certificate.

What are approved travel documents for Canadian citizens?

  • Canadian Passport - An internationally recognized travel document that verifies identity and citizenship and is accepted for travel by air, land and sea. The Canadian government encourages all Canadians to get a passport if they plan to travel internationally, including to the U.S.
  • Enhanced Driver's License/Enhanced Identification Card - Several Canadian provinces/territories are issuing this voluntary driver's license that denotes identity and citizenship and is specifically designed for travel into the U.S. by land or sea.
  • Trusted Traveler Program Cards - NEXUS or FAST cards can speed entry to the U.S. and are issued to pre-approved travelers. FAST cards are valid for land or sea travel. The NEXUS card can be used at land or sea ports of entry and in participating airports with a NEXUS kiosk. Children - Canadian citizens under the age of 15, or under the age of 18 traveling with a school, religious or other youth group, may present a birth certificate, consular report of birth abroad, naturalization certificate or Certificate of Canadian citizenship.

Do I need a passport if I’m entering through the International Peace Garden?

The International Peace Garden has a waiver on the passport regulations. Visitors are invited to tour the attraction without needing passports and/or approved travel documents. Documentation of birth and residency are required (certified copy of birth certificate and approved state identification). U.S. Customs and Border Protection reminds U.S. citizens traveling to the International Peace Garden from within the United States that they are not required to present a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)-compliant document when exiting the park into the U.S.

What travel documents are required for traveling with children?

When traveling with children, you want everything to go smoothly. While you can pick up items that you forgot to pack, if you forget vital papers, you may experience delays and increased scrutiny. These travel tips for family in the United States will ensure that you have the documents you need to avoid any difficulty when traveling with children. Click here for a list of necessary travel documents when traveling with children. Click here for a printable Child Travel Consent form.

Are purchases made by Canadian residents exempt from North Dakota sales tax?

Purchases made by Canadian residents are not exempt from North Dakota sales tax. Canadian residents shopping in North Dakota must pay the tax at the time of purchase. Canadian residents may obtain a refund of the sales tax paid on qualifying purchases. Goods consumed in North Dakota, including motel rooms, restaurant meals, etc. are not eligible for refund. Qualifying purchases include goods purchased to be removed from North Dakota for use exclusively outside the state, taxable purchases are $25.00 or more per receipt and the refund request is $15.00 or more. To obtain a refund on qualifying purchases, the Canadian resident must complete the Canadian Residents Request for Sales Tax Refund Form and mail it to the Tax Commissioner along with the original sales receipts.

Are you able to make purchases if you don't plan on staying overnight in the U.S.?

Yes, you are allowed to make purchases; however, you are subject to duty fees. If you choose to stay overnight in the U.S., the following rules apply: 24 hours – there is a CAN$50 duty- and tax-free exemption (if you spend more than CAN$50, you cannot claim this exemption) 48 hours – there is a CAN$400 duty- and tax-free exemption 7 days – there is a CAN$750-per-person duty- and tax-free exemption There may be some exceptions to the rules. More about this can be found at http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/pub/bsf5056-eng.html.

What is the currency exchange rate?

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