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dollmommy is not online. Last active: 10/30/2007 8:18:24 AM dollmommy
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Niagara Falls
Posted: 22 Aug 2006 01:46 PM
Every year we travel to Niagrara Falls to visit with my husband's family. We rent a house because we have a large family. This year we rented a lovely home called the Niagara Falls Guest House. It is a charming older home that sleeps 12. It is one block from all the attractions (Canadian side) and my sons were able to walk Clifton Hill on their own like big guys. My mom was in handy reach of the casino and the falls was a five minute walk. If anyone plans to visit the area and would like to try renting, the web address for this and other properties under the same company is

mel is not online. Last active: 10/2/2013 7:44:01 AM mel
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Re: Niagara Falls
Posted: 05 Jun 2007 02:50 PM
Hi D.

I was looking for a trip to make that was sort of close to home and remembered this post. I haven't been to Canada in several years. Do we need a passport now to get in or did they decide to stop that change?

Tabby is not online. Last active: 7/28/2008 10:19:17 AM Tabby
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Re: Niagara Falls
Posted: 08 Jun 2007 07:43 AM
Hi all,

Unfortunately, you'll need a passport (and your family members) to get back into the US. I'm not sure if Canada requires a passport to get in, but I know the US definitely requires one to get back into the US.

I think the time it takes to actually get your passport is now a bit longer than before so you definitely want to get it as early as possible.
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Re: Niagara Falls - Amendment to Previous Post
Posted: 08 Jun 2007 07:51 AM
Haha. I posted that last post, went to check e-mail at Yahoo! and found the following article on Looks like if you're flying into Canada, you won't need a passport anymore and that if you drive in, you won't need a passport until next year. (Ya know, it would be really nice if the US government would do a bit of planning before they start anything.)

U.S. border passport rules suspended
By DEVLIN BARRETT and JENNIFER TALHELM, Associated Press Writers
28 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration on Friday suspended some of its new, post-Sept. 11 requirements for flying abroad, hoping to placate Congress and irate summer travelers whose vacations have been thwarted by delays in processing their passports.

The proposal would temporarily lift a requirement that U.S. passports be used for citizens flying to and from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. The rule, and its suspension, does not affect Americans driving across the Canadian or Mexican borders or taking sea cruises, although those travelers are expected to need passports beginning next year.

The suspension should allow the State Department to catch up with a massive surge in applications that has overwhelmed passport processing centers since the rule took effect this year. The resulting backlog has caused up to three-month delays for passports and ruined or delayed the travel plans of thousands of Americans.

Until the end of September, travelers will be allowed to fly without a passport if they present a State Department receipt, showing they had applied for a passport, and government-issued identification, such as a driver's license. Those who have not applied for a passport will not be allowed to travel.

Those with receipts but no passports would receive additional security scrutiny, which could include extra questioning or bag checks.

"This is further evidence that the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department are simply not ready to make this program work as well as it must," said Sen. Charles Schumer (news, bio, voting record), D-N.Y.

Sen. Norm Coleman (news, bio, voting record), R-Minn., said his office has had to intervene in the cases of more than 1,400 Minnesotans frustrated by the backlog.

"DHS's decision to suspend is simply common sense, and frankly, should have been made months ago," said Coleman.

The change would help those like Judy and Darrell Green, of Rifle, Colo., who are still waiting to hear whether their son-in-law's passport will arrive in time for a a family vacation to Mexico to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary and Darrell's 60th birthday.

Darrell Green's passport arrived Thursday, only after Rep. John Salazar (news, bio, voting record), D-Colo., helped expedite it. Their son-in-law expects to get his Friday with the help of his congresswoman.

"It makes you feel kind of frantic because you've spent all that money," Judy Green said.

Homeland Security signed off on the proposal Thursday after consultations with the State Department, the White House and members of Congress, who have been deluged with calls from angry constituents seeking help with their passports.

Rep. Thomas Reynolds (news, bio, voting record), R-N.Y., whose district lies near the Canadian border, said White House officials had been on Capitol Hill trying to work out a compromise amid what he called a "turf war" between State and Homeland Security.

Reynolds faulted "arrogant" officials for failing to get the system working properly, and said he was worried about even more headaches next year when passports will be required to drive into Canada or Mexico.

Lawmakers had been pushing for a change for weeks.

"To say people must have a passport to travel and not give people a passport is right up there in the stupid column," said Rep. Heather Wilson (news, bio, voting record), R-N.M., who urged the State Department to lift the rule last month.

The application surge is the result of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative that since January has required U.S. citizens to use passports when entering the United States from Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean by air. It is part of a broader package of immigration rules enacted after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Between March and May, the department issued more than 4.5 million passports. It has millions more to process, according to consular affairs officials.

Wilson's office took more than 500 calls from frustrated travelers seeking help in May alone. The problem has since spread from border states to Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Colorado and elsewhere.

This summer may not spell the end of the passport crunch. DHS has insisted it plans to go ahead with a January 2008 start for requiring passports at all land border crossing in the United States — a security measure that could trigger a new frenzy applications. The State Department is still working on creating a cheaper, passcard alternative for such land crossings.


Associated Press Writer Matthew Lee contributed to this report.

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