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Amtrak: Rails across the USA with links to Canada
by Jerry W. Bird

Jerry W. BirdFly-Rail Vacations are an ideal choice for vacationers and business travelers who share our viewpoint - that getting there is often more than half the fun. We've enjoyed the "Amtrak Experience" on the Pacific Coast, from California to British Columbia and count this as one of our decade's highlights.

Big news was the return of Amtrak service between Seattle and Vacouver. Latest word is that the schedule is being increased. Air Highways Magazine presents this capsule page featuring Amtrak, its various routes and options. You can surf the Amtrak Web Site (below), if and when you need more information. Amtrak was one of the original supporters of our "Railways of the World" program for Travel Trade Canada, which began in 1989, and will be expanded on this year in our own magazines. We hope to use Amtrak's Air-Rail Plan for a continental rail tour early in this decade and will report on our whistle stops and overnight stays in cities and resorts of choice.

Amtrak Route Map

Crossing Borders: Amtrak trains crossing international borders are subject to Customs and Immigration inspection en route. (On the Mount Baker International, customs is handled in the Vancouver station, not on board.) Although time is allotted in Amtrak schedules for these inspections, Customs and Immigration officials may delay trains if necessary for the performance of their duties. Customs regulations prohibit unaccompanied baggage being handled across the border.

Entry into Canada/US: US or Canadian citizens crossing the US/Canadian border are required to have a passport (recommended), birth certificate, citizenship certificate, or naturalization certificate. (Note: a driver's license is not sufficient.) Non-US citizens permanently or temporarily residing in the United States must have an Alien Registration Card (I-551, or I-688 bearing the proper endorsement on the reverse).

All citizens of countries other than the United States and Canada not bearing an Alien Registration Card must have a passport, and citizens of many countries must also have a visa, US employment Authorization Card showing 210 as a section of law, or Canadian Form IM 1000. Passengers not having proper documentation are prohibited from entering the US or Canada and will be detrained prior to reaching the US/Canadian border. Passengers under the age of 18 who are not accompanied by an adult must bring a letter from a parent or legal guardian giving them permission to enter Canada or the United States. Passengers planning international travel should contact one of the following for further information: Immigration and Naturalization Service US Department of Justice, 415 I St. NW, Washington, DC 20536, (202) 514-2000 WEB SITE: http://www.amtrak.com/trip/borders.html Top of Page