Know What to Expect When Crossing the Canada Border:
Everyone wants their border crossing to go smoothly. The best way to make sure this happens is to know what to expect and be prepared. I drive across the Canada / US border regularly; here are the top tips I would give to people crossing the US border into Canada.
1. Know What ID is Necessary:
2. Be Ready to Address the Border Officer:
Passengers should pass their passports and other ID to the driver before reaching the border services booth. In addition, take off your sunglasses, turn off radios and cellphones - don't start doing these tasks once you've arrived at the booth.
3. Have a Note for Children Traveling without Both Parents:
4. Know What You Can and Can't Bring into Canada:
5. Have Your Car Registration Available:
Border officials are always on the lookout for stolen vehicles or people trying to avoid duties on vehicles purchased out of country, so having your car registration on hand is a good idea.
6. Check/Empty Your Trunk:
Unnecessary items in your trunk may be a source of questioning by border officials and may add time to your border crossing.
7. Be Prepared to Answer Questions:
The Border Services Officer at the Canada / US border will ask you a series of questions, such as "How long you will be in the country?" "Why are you traveling to Canada?" and "What is the address of the place where you will you be staying?" Answer these questions directly. This is not a time to seem unsure or crack jokes.
9. Roll Down the Front and Back Car Windows:
Upon arriving at the Canada Border Services booth, roll down your front and back windows so that the border officer can not only speak to the driver, but address people seated in the back of the vehicle as well or see what's in the back seat.
10. Check Out Border Wait Times Before Crossing
Before crossing the border into Canada, check out border wait times
. Especially if you can choose from two or three different border crossings, such as at Niagara Falls, consult border wait times online
to save travel time.