Visitors From Outside Canada

Generally crossing this border is straightforward and will include going through immigration customs both ways. The biggest hassle is usually the length of the queues, so consider avoiding peak times such as public holidays and the start and end of the working day.

Current Passport Requirements

United States citizens and legal residents of the United States require passports or visas to enter Canada as visitors. When crossing the border you may be asked to show proof of citizenship such as birth certificate or passport as well as proof of identity such as a drivers license with photo ID. Photocopies of any identification will not be accepted.

What if I have a Criminal Record?

Even a D.U.I. will prevent travel to Canada. Apply for a Temporary Resident Permit for hassle-free border crossing into Canada.

For a free consultation call:

Canada Border Crossing Services (Lucy Perillo)

Phone: 1-204-488-6350 

What can I bring to Canada?

Visitors may bring the following items into Canada: 200 cigarettes (= 1 carton), 50 cigars, and 14 ounces of tobacco; 1.1 liters or 40 imperial ounces (= 1 bottle) of liquor or wine, or 24 x 355-milliliter (12-ounce) bottles or cans of beer for personal consumption; gifts up to the value of C$60 per gift. To import tobacco products a person must be 18 years of age or over, and to import alcoholic beverages the importer must have reached the legal age established by authorities of the province. You can bring in a small amount of food for your own consumption. Different restrictions will apply to returning Canadian residents.

Americans in particular will need to be aware that Canada has strict gun laws. Generally, all weapons without legitimate sporting or recreational use are prohibited, and guns used for hunting or competition may be brought in with a permit. Undeclared firearms will be confiscated, and criminal charges may be made. For more information about travel requirements for crossing into Canada, phone the border-crossing post directly.

For answers to Canadian customs enquiries, or to locate the nearest Canadian customs district office, call the following telephone numbers:

Phone (within Canada) 1-800-461-9999 (toll-free)
Phone (outside Canada) 1-204-983-3500

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