Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative
Seattle is close enough to the Canadian border that a weekend getaway to Vancouver, B.C. is always tempting. I generally drive across the border when I go and have yet to take my passport as my form of identification. Starting on 23 January 2007, anyone who flies across the border from the United States to our northern or southern neighbors will be required to have a passport. People like me have until 01 January 2008 before we'll be turned away without a passport when driving across the border. We have the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative to thank for this procedural change.