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Travel Requirements & Check-In

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Travel Requirements

Travel Requirements

ID & Travel Requirements

All guests traveling on The CAT must have the following available for check-in at the ferry terminal and be ready to show our agents as part of the check-in process.

One of the following travel documents:

  • A Passport (required for air travel)
  • Passport Card
  • Enhanced Driver’s License or an Enhanced ID Card (EDL/ID) applicable to select states/provinces only (MI, MN, NY, VT, WA; ON, BC, MB)
  • If you are not a United States or Canadian born citizen, you will be required to have a passport and possibly a Visa
  • Please note that NEXUS is not available on this route

Entering Canada

As of October 1, 2022, all federal border testing, quarantine, and isolation requirements ended.

Entering the United States

Travelers originating in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, for travel to Bar Harbor, Maine, must review this U.S. travel restrictions page.  All non-Americans entering the United States at a land border must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Those wishing to enter the U.S., whether for essential or non-essential reasons, will need to show proof of vaccination.

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Check-In & Boarding

Don’t Miss the Boat

Learn how you won’t miss the boat, review our check-in procedure for The CAT high-speed ferry.

Reservations are highly recommended for all passengers traveling on The CAT.

Please note check-in must be done in person. 


All passengers, including walk-on, must check-in at least 1 hour prior to the schedule departure time.

Yarmouth Departures

For Yarmouth departures, check-in is same day only.

Bar Harbor Departures

For Bar Harbor departures, customers may also check-in the evening prior to travel between 3:00PM and 5:00PM local time or on the morning of travel between 8:00AM and 11:00AM and receive an express pass for boarding. Express pass holders should not arrive for loading prior to 1:30PM.

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