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ArriveCAN: Advance CBSA Declaration

Watch this video: Use ArriveCAN to submit your customs and immigration declaration before flying into Canada.


The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is finding ways to deliver a better, faster and more modern experience for travellers, while keeping Canada safe.

We know you have a busy life and want tools that can help get you where you need to go quickly and safely.

That’s why the CBSA has created Advance Declaration, an optional feature in ArriveCAN that allows you to submit your customs and immigration declaration up to 72 hours before you arrive in Canada.

The Advance CBSA Declaration is optional and currently available to travellers arriving at certain Canadian international airports.

You can take advantage of this new feature by following just a few easy steps.

But before you start, make sure you’re using the latest version of the ArriveCAN app and that your profile is up to date. To begin, enter your trip details. You can also include the travel details of others in your group, as long as they are travelling with you.

Once you’ve completed your travel details, select Advance CBSA Declaration.

…the feature will only unlock if you are travelling to an airport where it is available.

Check the CBSA website for a list of Canadian airports where this option is offered.

To start your declaration, you’ll be asked to consent to the Terms and Conditions of Use and the Privacy Statement.

Your privacy is our priority. The information you submit in your declaration is protected and will be automatically deleted after 72 hours.

Next, you will be prompted to answer questions about your trip, such as where you are coming from and what you are bringing into Canada.

These questions help the CBSA manage the flow at the border and keep you and our country safe.

Lastly, you will be prompted to confirm your statements and then you will submit your declaration to the CBSA.

A confirmation screen will appear acknowledging that you have successfully submitted your declaration. You will also receive an email with this confirmation.

At this point, you should now be able to view your Advance CBSA Declaration E-Receipt from your home screen in ArriveCAN.

Should something change with your information, you can always update things when you get to the airport kiosk or eGate.

Once in Canada and at a kiosk or eGate, you will scan your travel document so that your declaration can be retrieved before finalizing the process. You will receive a printed receipt from the device, which you will need to show a border services officer.

If you need assistance, border services officers are always available on your arrival.

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We are here to welcome you and we are always ready to help.

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