Ottawa (Ontario), December 14, 2011 – December brings with it an expected increase in traveller volumes, as Canadians celebrate the holidays. Whether you travel by land or air, plan ahead.
For information, including entry requirements into Canada, visit the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Web site, click on Travel Tips and then I Declare. There, you’ll find a downloadable copy of I Declare, outlining what to expect when you arrive. The following is just some of what you’ll find covered in this publication. If you plan to fly, view our video Arriving by Air: Welcome home. Welcome to Canada.
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.
Available at all CBSA offices is a free identification service for items (excluding jewellery) that have serial numbers or other unique markings, making them identifiable for customs purposes as goods that are legally in Canada. Because jewellery often has significant value, it is recommended that you travel with as little as possible.
If you are travelling with gifts, do not wrap them prior to crossing the border. Gifts received while outside Canada and brought home count towards your personal exemption. As a Canadian resident, you may qualify for a personal exemption, depending on the length of time you were away. Keep all of your receipts close at hand and have the total of your combined receipts readily available. If you have any questions about Canadian regulations, ask the border services officer when you arrive.
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.
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