Passport Canada issues passports to Canadian citizens for travel abroad. The current Canadian passport has the option to be renewed every five or ten years.
In 2012, Passport Canada launched the epassport. This passport is renewable every 10 years for adults and every 5 years for children. It looks like a traditional passport book, but it has an electronic chip that is encoded with the same information found on page 2 of the passport (surname, given name, date of birth and sex). It also has a digital picture of the bearer's face.
The electronic chip:
- increases security
- reduces the risk of fraud
- provides greater protection against tampering
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) is a U.S. law that requires all travellers, including U.S. and Canadian citizens, to present a valid passport or other approved secure document when entering the United States from within the western hemisphere.
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