Restricted and prohibited goods

To avoid the possibility of penalties, including fines, seizure or prosecution, make sure you have the information you need before attempting to import items into Canada.

Upcoming border changes

Fully vaccinated foreign nationals may be allowed to enter Canada for discretionary travel on the following dates if they meet specific criteria:

  • Effective : American citizens and permanent residents of the United States, who currently reside in the United States, who meet specific criteria to qualify as fully vaccinated
  • (intended start date): All other foreign nationals who qualify as fully vaccinated

The 3-night hotel stopover requirement will be eliminated for all travellers arriving by air after 12:01 am ET on .

COVID-19: Latest update

Visit Current border measures and requirements for information about how COVID-19 is affecting travellers, border services, programs and business.

Services and information

Firearms and weapons

What is non-restricted, restricted and prohibited and how to import and declare weapons.

Food, plants and animals

Declare all food, plants, animals and related products. Avoid bringing diseases and invasive species to Canada.

Explosives, fireworks and ammunition

Apply online for import, export and in-transit permits issued by NRCan.


Duties and taxes on US-plated vehicles owned by Canadian residents.


Transporting cannabis across the border in any form without a permit is a serious criminal offense.

Consumer products

Be aware of safety requirements in Canada and how some imported goods may pose a danger to the public.

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