Border Reminder Checklist

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The CBSA wants to encourage all residents returning to Canada to have a smooth border crossing.

Help us keep wait times low: keep this checklist handy to help make sure you are prepared.

  • Plan ahead and check border wait times, or follow us on Twitter for hourly border wait time updates.
    • Avoid crossing during peak travel times like weekend evenings. Consider crossing at the least busy port of entry in the area.
  • Residents can consult our handy Duty and Taxes Estimator tool to check in advance what you might have to pay on specific purchases such as electronics.
  • Make sure your purchases or items coming into Canada are not on a list of prohibited goods.
  • Pay attention to organic products among your goods. Declare any foods, plants, animals or other products such as untreated wooden souvenirs to the border services officer.
  • If travelling with pets, know that dogs and cats that are three months of age or older need valid signed and dated certificates from a veterinarian verifying vaccinations against rabies.
    • These are usually valid for 1-3 years. Service dogs are exempt when accompanied by their owners.
  • Ensure that you have proper identification for you and your family readily available.
    • Acceptable forms of identification for entry into Canada include a passport, a NEXUS card and an enhanced driver's licence.
  • Declare all purchases and have your receipts readily available.
    • Residents can bring back, tax and duty free, goods valued at CAN$200 after being away for 24 hours, and goods valued at CAN$800 after 48 hours. There are no personal exemptions for same-day cross-border shopping trips so be prepared to pay tax on those purchases and possibly duty.
  • Declare all money or currency equal to or over CAN$10,000. It is not illegal to bring such amounts into Canada, but you must declare it on arrival.
  • If travelling with firearms or weapons, you must declare them when you enter Canada.
    • Failure to do so means border services officers may seize the weapons, and file criminal charges.  Most weapons are prohibited from entering Canada, including tasers.
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