The CANPASS RABC program facilitates the border clearance process for individuals wishing to cross the border into Canada in remote areas.
The CANPASS RABC program facilitates the border clearance process for individuals wishing to cross the border into Canada in the following remote areas:
Citizens and permanent residents of Canada and the United States are eligible to apply for a CANPASS RABC permit.
U. S. citizens and permanent residents must meet normal Canadian visitor legislative requirements, as described in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. In general, visitors must be in good health and law-abiding, and they must have sufficient funds for their stay in Canada. For more information on immigration requirements for visitors to Canada, see the Citizenship and Immigration Canada Web site.
You may not qualify for a CANPASS RABC permit if one of the following applies:
Submit identification every time you apply for an RABC permit. Each person 18 years and over must provide two pieces of identification: one primary document and one secondary document (see the list below).
Photocopies of identification papers are acceptable. Do not mail in original documents. If you submit a photocopy of the pages bearing your photograph and signature in your passport, no further documentation is required.
Each child (under 18 years of age) need only provide a primary document.
Custodial parents or legal guardians must attach a copy of supporting documents, such as a court order or letter of authorization if the application is for a child under 18 years of age who will be travelling with a non-custodial adult.
a passport *
a U.S. Permanent Resident Card
a state-issued birth certificate
a Canadian Permanent Resident Card
a Record of Landing (IMM 1000)
a province-issued birth certificate
a citizenship card
a citizenship certificate
a U.S. Certificate of Naturalization
a driver's licence (preferred)
a U.S. Social Security card
a Canadian Social Insurance Card
* If you submit a photocopy of the pages bearing your photograph and signature in your passport, no further documentation is required.
**Please note that hospital certificates, army cards, work identification cards, or any other form of identification not issued by the government are not acceptable.
All applications are thoroughly screened through various databases in Canada and the United States. False statements made on your application regarding criminal convictions or contraventions of the Customs Act or the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act may result in refusal to issue a CANPASS RABC permit. In these cases, the CAN$30 processing fee is not refunded.
Applications can be made in person at any of the following ports of entry:
Applications can also be made at the Thunder Bay CBSA office, located at 201 North May Street.
To avoid processing delays at the border, it is recommended to apply by mail three to four weeks before your trip.
Mail your completed application and photocopies of supporting documents to the following address:
Canada Border Services Agency
201 North May Street
Thunder Bay ON P7C 3P4
Toll Free: 1-877-854-RABC
The application processing time is three to four weeks.
CANPASS RABC permit holders entering Canada where there is an open CBSA office are not exempt from the normal reporting process.
Dependents travelling separately must have a copy of the CANPASS RABC permit in their possession.
CANPASS RABC permit holders who are importing goods that will remain in Canada, or who are importing goods over their personal exemption limit must contact a CBSA office prior to departing from the United States and provide a full description and the value of all such goods. A border services officer will issue a reference number to CANPASS RABC permit holders and advise them of the steps they must follow when they arrive in Canada.
The following are phone numbers for port of entry offices to report goods that will remain in Canada or that are over the exemption limit:
Be prepared to communicate the following information:
The CBSA officer will provide you with a reference number, which is your proof that you have reported the goods. Keep the reference number with you when you cross the border. A Casual Goods Accounting Document (B15) will be prepared and mailed to you, along with your credit card receipt. Keep a copy of this document on file as proof that you reported your goods to the CBSA.
For more information:
CANPASS RABC permits are valid for one year from the date of issue.
Submit identification every time you apply for an RABC permit.
The phone numbers for CANPASS RABC program port of entry offices are as follows:
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