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Entering Canada - Customs Information & Border Crossings

By touring - Posted on 29 July 2010

Entering Canada - Customs Information & Border Crossings

Travellers to Canada must provide valid documents when . Depending on your nationality, a passport and/or visa may be required. Single parents travelling with children require additional documents.

  • Where are the border crossings and what are their hours of operation?
    , offices and hours of operation.

  • How do I contact Canadian Border Services?
    The phone number for Border Information Service (BIS) is 1-800-461-9999.

  • What documentation do U.S. citizens require when entering Canada?
    Americans DO NOT need a passport to enter Canada but under the US' Western Hemispher travel initiative (WHTI), you do need one to re-enter America.
    US visitors should carry photo ID and proof of citizenship such as a birth certificate, certificate of citizenship or naturalization or a Certificate of Indian Status. Permanent residents of the U.S should carry your permanent resident card (i.e. green card).

  • Do I need a visa?
    U.S. citizens do not need a visa. However some international travellers may require a visa before entering Canada. These documents can be purchased in your home country at a Canadian embassy or consulate office. may be necessary from your home country.

  • What documentation do I need when travelling with children?
    When travelling with an adult, each child must have his or her own identification documenation (a Birth Certificate for American citizens, a passport for citizens of other countries). Divorced parents with custody rights or non-custodial parents should carry legal documents showing their status and a notarized letter authorizing the child to travel with that parent. Unaccompanied children should carry a letter of permission from their parents or legal guardian. These measures are in place to help reduce child abduction.

  • Entering Canada on a private boat
    Non-commercial sailors and other mariners follow a different customs procedure. When , mariners must still check in with Canada Customs.

  • Different driving laws in Canada
    is quite similar to driving in the US but there are a few minor differences.

  • Tourists with a Criminal Record
    Anyone with a criminal record (including a conviction for drunk driving) may be barred from entering Canada. A may be granted to allow entry and must be in place weeks before coming to Canada.
  • For more information on WHTI, visit the .

  • For more information on entering Canada, visit the .

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