U.S. Department of State Requirements for Tourists Re-Entering the United States

    As a result of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), travelers who enter the U.S. must have a standardized form of identification to show the traveler’s identity and citizenship.

    Traveling by Air Tourists traveling to Mexico by air must have a current U.S. passport to re-enter the U.S.  Also, Canadian citizens entering the U.S. from Mexico must also have a valid Canadian passport.

    For more information about getting a US passport, click here .

    Traveling by Land or Sea Since June 1, 2009, all tourists entering Mexico by land or sea are required to present a valid US passport or other valid WHTI travel document to enter the United States.

    Unfortunately, this requirement has proven to be somewhat unenforceable at border crossings along the southern United States border with Mexico.

    As a result, adult travelers at border crossings are allowed to return to the U.S. if they present a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, and a document that demonstrates citizenship, such as an original or certified copy of a birth certificate, a U.S. passport card, or another accepted WHTI form of identification.

    Be aware that when you do not have a passport or passport card, your re-entry to the United States may be delayed by the customs confirmation process.

    U.S. Passport Card Also referred to as the “pass card,” the new U.S. passport card is available for issue to U.S. citizens, and may be used as a valid travel document for individuals returning to the U.S. by land or sea.  The passport card may not be used for international air travel.   Click here for more information about the passport card.

    Additional WHTI Forms of Citizenship and Identification

    • Trusted Traveler Cards (NEXUS, SENTRI, or FAST)
    • State Issued Enhanced Driver’s License (when available)
    • Enhanced Tribal Cards (when available)
    • U.S. Military Identification with Military Travel Orders
    • U.S. Merchant Mariner Document when traveling in conjunction with official maritime business
    • Native American Tribal Photo Identification Card
    • Form I-872 American Indian Card
    What documents do I need to get back into the US from Mexico?
    The rules require most U.S. citizens entering the United States from Mexico at sea or land ports of entry to have a passport, passport card, or other travel document approved by the Department of Homeland Security. more
    Can you bring chocolate back from Mexico?
    Chocolate, Candy and Baked Goods Luckily, chocolate (including liquid-filled), candy and baked goods are generally allowed. more
    Can I bring back liquor from Mexico?
    Arriving to the USA When returning to the USA from Mexico, you are allowed to bring 1 liter of alcoholic beverages whether that be wine, beer or spirits for personal use or as a gift without having to pay any extra taxes. more
    What can I bring back from Mexico?
    You can bring back most prepared/baked food, including condiments, vinegar, oils, packaged spices, honey, coffee, tea, and certain cheeses. more
    Can you bring back vanilla from Mexico?
    You can't take everything with you from Mexico to the United States. That's a hard lesson to learn while standing in line only to be told you can't bring the bottle of vanilla extract you bought for your mother's holiday baking. more
    Can I bring back cheese from Mexico?
    When entering the United States from Mexico or Canada, travelers may bring bakery items and some types of cheese across the border without worrying about being inspected. Other items that are generally accepted include packaged coffee, tea, condiments and spices, among others. more
    Can you bring tramadol back from Mexico?
    On July 2, Tramadol was placed into schedule IV of the Controlled Substances Act, and the regulations become effective Aug. 18, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release. After that date, travelers must have a U.S. prescription to bring it across the border from Mexico. more
    Can you bring back Viagra from Mexico?
    It's important to note, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises U.S. citizens not to import medicine or prescription drugs from Mexico. “FDA cannot assure that such products have been properly manufactured and are effective,” according to the agency's online advisory. more
    Can you bring vanilla back from Mexico?
    The short answer is that unless you are bringing back cases and cases of vanilla, you won't have to pay duty but you do have to declare it. more
    Can I bring tramadol back from Mexico?
    On July 2, Tramadol was placed into schedule IV of the Controlled Substances Act, and the regulations become effective Aug. 18, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release. After that date, travelers must have a U.S. prescription to bring it across the border from Mexico. more
    Can I bring back alcohol from Mexico?
    There are no federal limits on how much alcohol you can carry in your suitcase for personal use. One case is considered a good rule of thumb. But you will be taxed if you bring more than a one-liter bottle of alcohol from Mexico. Usually, you can bring alcohol you purchase in duty-free with you on the plane. more

    Source: explore-sonora.com

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