US/Canada Border

At this time the borders crossings to/from Whatcom County to Canada are only open to essential travel due to COVID-19 travel bans. Check out our current Travel Advisory for local travel restrictions including COVID-19 related guidelines.


Crossing the US/Canadian Border is usually a smooth process. Expect it to take 10-30 minutes, and longer during high traffic volume periods. An occasional full-vehicle search may occur.

Remember to bring proper identification for everyone traveling in your group when crossing the US/Canadian border. Download our US/Canada Border information below for more border crossing information and details.


Northbound Border Crossing into Canada

Border Wait Times & Cameras: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/border/sumas.htm


Southbound Border Crossing into the US


Personal Border Identification Requirements

Air Travel

  • Passports are REQUIRED

Land and Sea Travel

ADULTS (16 and older) ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • Passport
  • U.S. Passport Card
  • Enhanced Driver’s License (only available in certain states)
  • NEXUS Card
  • Specific military documents
  • Tribal ID

CHILDREN* (15 and younger) ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE ONE OF THESE:

  • 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 writtten statement is required from the parent/guardian stating travel is authorized.

  • 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.
  • 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.

Duty Free Information

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!

Then come on over, you can take back duty-free purchases on totals of:

  • $200 for trips over 24 hours
  • $800 for trips over 48 hours(!)
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