US/Canada Border

Crossing the US/Canadian Border can be a very smooth process, but expect it to take 10-30 minutes, and longer during high traffic volume periods. An occasional full-vehicle search may occur. Don't forget to bring proper identification for everyone traveling in your group.

Keep reading to help prepare for your voyage and check out our Travel Advisory page for other information about visiting Bellingham and Whatcom County!

For more information on traveling into the United States, click here

Air Travel into the U.S. 

  • Passports are REQUIRED

Land and Sea Travel into the U.S. 


  • Passport
  • U.S. Passport Card
  • Enhanced Driver’s License (only available in certain states)
  • Trusted Traveler Program card (NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST) Card
  • Specific military documents
  • Form I-872 American Indian Card, or (when available) Enhanced Tribal Card 


  • Proof of citizenship (such as original or copy of Birth Certificate or Naturalization Certificate)
  • Enhanced Government-issued photo I.D. (issued in some states)
  • Passport
  • U.S. Passport Card

*If children are not traveling with both parents, a written statement is required from the parent/guardian stating travel is authorized.

  • Dogs and Cats must have certificates issued by a licensed veterinarian identifying each animal and certifying that each has been vaccinated against rabies during the preceding 36 month period. Puppies under 3 months cannot cross the border. They must be 4 months old and have had their rabies shots at least 30 days prior to crossing.  Pet food restrictions vary depending on current restrictions. Recommend only bringing small amounts in original package. The number for the CDC (Center for Disease control) is : 800-232-4636.
  • Non-Americans going to Canada are required to have a passport and/or visa.
  • Legal Permanent US Residents must carry a Green Card.
  • Alaska-Bound Travelers must show proof of sufficient funds for travel in Canada. Call ahead if transporting household effects or tools of the trade.
  • For more information on traveling into Canada, visit this website.

Whether you’re hunting for bargains or looking for handcrafted wares, boutiques, or outdoor gear, Bellingham and the greater Whatcom County region have many great places to shop. Find out more here.

Canadian shoppers looking for cross-border savings can bring goods back from America, tax free. 

Come stay in Whatcom County for a few days and take advantage of the duty-free allowances. Conveniently located across the border, Whatcom County has a wide variety in shopping, dining, and lodging that is sure to please all bargain savvy Canadians.

Check here for all the details on duty-free shopping in the US.

Places to Stay
        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism
Visitor Center Located at I-5 Exit 253 - Check Hours
904 Potter Street, Bellingham, WA 98229
Phone: 360-671-3990

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