Entry & Exit Formalities
When flying into Canada, you will be expected to show your passport to an immigration officer and answer a few questions about the duration and purpose of your visit. After clearing customs, you’ll be on your way.
Driving across the border from the US can be more complex. Questioning is sometimes more intense and, in some cases, your car may be searched.
- Check in with the Canada Border Services Agency for the latest customs lowdown.
- Duty-free allowance coming into Canada is 1.14L (40oz) of liquor, 1.5L (or two 750mL bottles) of wine, or 24 cans or bottles of beer, as well as up to 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 200g of tobacco.
- You are allowed to bring in gifts up to a total value of $60. Gifts above $60 are subject to duty and taxes on the over-limit value.
- Fresh and prepared foods are the subject of myriad rules and regulations here. Just buy what you need in Canada.
Not required for visitors from the US, the Commonwealth and most of Western Europe for stays up to 180 days. Required by citizens of 130 other countries.
Visa-exempt foreign nationals flying to Canada now require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). This excludes US citizens and those who already have a valid Canadian visa. For more information on the eTA, see www.canada.ca/eta. For visa information, visit the website of Canada Border Services Agency.