Arriving in Canada
Border services officers are at the ports
of entry to ensure that people entering Canada
respect Canadian laws. They are authorized to examine people and goods entering Canada
to determine their admissibility. Their goal is to facilitate the entry of legitimate travellers and goods as quickly as possible.
When you enter Canada, a border services officer may ask to see your passport and a valid visa (if you are arriving from a country from which one is required). If you are a U.S. citizen, you do not need a passport to enter Canada; however, you should carry proof of your citizenship such as a birth certificate, a certificate of citizenship or naturalization or a Certificate of Indian Status, as well as a photo
ID. If you are a permanent resident of the United States, you must bring your permanent resident card (i.e. green card) with you. For more information on admissibility into Canada, read the fact sheet called Managing Access to Canada
All travellers, including U.S. citizens, are encouraged to visit the U.S. Customs
and Border Protection's Web site at www.cbp.gov
for information on the U.S. Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative and its traveller requirements to enter or return to the United States.
In-transit travel through Canada
If you are an American resident, you can transport goods through Canada to the United States. To simplify the clearance process, carry three
copies of the list of goods you are transporting. The list should include the value of the goods and serial
numbers (if applicable). You should pack consumable goods such as alcohol, tobacco and food
in containers that the border services officers can tie and seal when you arrive.
Telephone reporting centres
If you arrive in Canada by general aviation aircraft (carrying no more than 15 people including crew) or by private boat, you must report to the CBSA using a telephone reporting centre (TRC) prior to
your arrival, and you must land at a designated port of entry. In an emergency
situation, such as under severe weather
conditions, you may have to land your boat or aircraft at a place that is not designated. In this case, you have to report your circumstances to the nearest CBSA office or to the RCMP. For more information, ask for a copy of the publication called Coming to Canada by
Small Aircraft or Recreational Boat
If you arrive in Canada aboard a private boat, you must proceed directly to the nearest designated telephone reporting marine
site. Upon arrival in Canada, the master of the boat must report to the CBSA by calling 1-888-226-7277
. The master of the boat will provide details of the voyage, the passengers and their declaration. No one except the master may leave the boat until authorized to do so by the CBSA. As proof of presentation, masters will be provided with a report number for their records. Masters must provide this number to a border services officer upon request. You do not have to report to the CBSA when you leave by private boat unless you are exporting goods that need to be documented. To get a list of the designated telephone reporting marine
sites, call 1-888-226-7277
before you arrive in Canada.
All these can be found on Canadian Border Services Website at bsf5082 Information for Visitors to Canada and Seasonal Residents
I strongly suggest you research
and follow the law of the land, just the same as we do when we cross into the US.
if you want to ask your own questions.
And don't forget to try the Tim Horton's coffee, it is worth coming to Canada for, eh?