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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 ferry operating between Bar Harbor, Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, must have the following completed BEFORE arrival for check-in at the ferry terminal and be ready to show our agents as part of the check-in process.

All passengers will need one of the following travel documents:

  • A Passport (required for air travel)
  • Passport Card
  • Enhanced Drivers 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. A new requirement for all non-Americans entering the United States at a land border to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 has come into effect. Those wishing to enter the U.S., whether for essential or non-essential reasons, will need to show proof of vaccination. A COVID-19 test is not required. Non-U.S. individuals traveling to the country at a land port of entry or ferry terminal must verbally attest to their COVID-19 vaccination status, provide proof of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-approved COVID-19 vaccination, and a document such as a valid passport, Trusted Traveler Program card or Enhanced Tribal Card.

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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 must arrive at least 1 hour prior to the scheduled departure time to ensure a timely departure.

Yarmouth Departures

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

Bar Harbor Departures

For Bar Harbor departures, customers should check-in at least 1 hour prior to departure on travel day. Customers are encouraged to 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 to receive an express pass for boarding when loading begins. Please note that customers should not arrive for loading on travel day prior to 1:30PM.

In Advance of Travel

Travelers should be aware of border measures and travel documentation for entry to Canada and the U.S. For the most up to date travel information, please refer to the Canada Border Services Agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency websites.

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