October 12, 2005 08:30 ET

WestJet Travel Advisory for Guests Travelling to, from and via the United States

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 12, 2005) - WestJet (TSX:WJA): Effective October 4, 2005, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) began requiring airlines to collect additional information from passengers through the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS). These changes affect people travelling to, from, and via the United States.

Beginning October 17, 2005, at check-in WestJet will collect the following information from guests travelling on transborder flights.

- Complete name

- Date of birth

- Citizenship

- Gender

- Passport number, expiration date and country of issuance (if passport required)

- Address for the first night in the U.S. (except for persons who are in transit to a location outside the U.S.)

- Visa (if required)

- Alien registration number, where applicable

Canadian citizens travelling to the U.S. require proof of citizenship and photo identification. A passport or expired passport (with expiration date less than one calendar year before the date of travel) serves both purposes. If entering from Canada, a Canadian Birth Certificate, Certificate of Canadian Citizenship or foreign passport (provided it contains a stamp which reads Canadian Border Crossing Identity Card) will be accepted. Documents that do not incorporate a photograph should be accompanied by supporting government-issued photo identification.

Citizens of countries other than Canada or the United States are advised to contact their consulate, embassy or WestJet's call centre at 1-800-538-5696 for entrance requirements.

WestJet is Canada's leading low-cost airline offering scheduled service throughout its 34-city North American network. Named Canada's most respected corporation for customer service in 2005, WestJet pioneered low-cost high-value flying in Canada. With increased legroom and leather seats on its modern fleet of Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft, and live seatback television provided by Bell ExpressVu on its 737-700 fleet, WestJet strives to be the number one choice for travellers.

Contact Information

  • WestJet
    Media Relations:
    Gillian Bentley
    (403) 444-2615
    Website: www.westjet.com