Ottawa, Ontario, April 3, 2012 – The warmer weather brings with it higher travel volumes. This Easter weekend is no exception and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) would like to help you prepare for longer border wait times at some ports of entry.
For information, including entry requirements into Canada, visit the CBSA Web site at www.cbsa.gc.ca, go to Travel Tips and then I Declare. There, you'll find a downloadable copy of I Declare, outlining what to expect when you arrive. If you plan to fly, view our video Arriving by Air: Welcome home. Welcome to Canada.
Prepare yourself and know what to expect before arriving at the border. Whether you travel by land or air, plan ahead with the following helpful tips:
Join NEXUS to take advantage of simplified and expedited border clearance for low-risk, pre-approved members. NEXUS members avoid long lineups using automated, self-serve kiosks at airports or designated NEXUS lanes at specific land border crossings.
If you are travelling alone with minor children or if you are not the legal guardian, you should carry proper documentation, such as custody and legal separation documents and a letter of authorization to facilitate your entry back into Canada.
Know your personal exemptions, including those for alcohol and tobacco. Declare all purchases made (including duty-free purchases), and have your receipts totaled and readily available upon your return to Canada.
To avoid bringing pests, viruses and diseases into Canada, all food, plants and related products from other countries must be declared at the border. If you are unsure whether the product is allowed, declare the item and discuss it with a border services officer. No penalties are assessed if goods are declared. Goods that are not declared are subject to seizure, penalties and could lead to prosecution.
Reminder : The following personal exemption changes take effect June 1, 2012 :
|Absence of 24hrs or more||$200 CAN|
|Absence of 48hrs or more||$800 CAN|
*There are no exemptions for same day travel.
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