Canada Passport Requirements | Crossing the Border with Kids | Passport Equivalents | NEXUS Card
Updated August 2013
Know What to Expect When Crossing the Canada Border:
1. Know What ID is Necessary:
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2. Be Ready to Address the Border Officer:
3. Have a Note for Children Traveling without Both Parents:
Even if you are with your own child but not the other parent, bringing the other parent's written permission to take the child over the border is a good idea.
4. Know What You Can and Can't Bring into Canada:
Whether you're wondering if you can bring a pet to Canada, how much alcohol and tobacco you're allowed , or what the restrictions are for hunting rifles and motor boats, know the rules for what you can and can't bring into Canada before you show up at the Border Officer's booth.
5. Have Your Car Registration Available:
6. Check/Empty Your Trunk:
7. Be Prepared to Answer Questions:
8. Keep the Receipts HandyIf you've done some cross-border in the U.S. or duty free shopping at the border, keep the receipts handy in case the border officer asks for them.
Items that usually carry heavy duties and taxes in Canada, like liquor and tobacco may be half the price at the border. Cuban cigars are also available. Travelers have to consume what they buy at duty free while they're in Canada.
Be sure to know the liquor, tobacco and gift amount limits for visitors crossing the U.S. / Canada border.
Many duty free shops also have food courts and other services, but not all border crossings offer duty-free shops.