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What you should know if you’re crossing the Canadian border this summer

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Published: May. 26, 2022 at 4:48 PM CDT
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CANADA-- The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is reminding US residents visiting Canada of what to expect at the border.

This summer, the CBSA is working to mitigate long border wait times, but there are also things that travelers can do to make the process faster and easier.

Key tips for all travelers:

Ensure you are eligible to enter Canada, foreign nationals must meet the entry requirements under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and provide appropriate travel and immigration documentation.

Use ArriveCAN. All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, are required to submit their information in ArriveCAN (free as a mobile app or by website), up to 72 hours before entering Canada.

Travelers must ensure they have the most up-to-date version of the ArriveCAN app (consult the Google Play Store or the App Store for iPhone.)

Travelers should print or take a screenshot of their ArriveCAN receipt and bring it with them when they travel.

Travelers without a smartphone or without mobile data can submit their information by signing in online through a computing device.

Have all your documents ready.

Plan ahead and check border wait times.

Entering Canada by water. Unless exempt, all travelers entering Canada by water, must report their arrival to the CBSA without delay.

Travelers entering Canada should be ready to declare all goods in their possession.

Declare any foods, plants, or animals such as raw poultry products and by-products that are not fully cooked, to the border services officer.

Declare all money or currency of CAN$10,000 or more. It is not illegal to bring such amounts into Canada, but it must be declared on arrival.

Cannabis. Don’t bring it in. Don’t take it out.

Advance Declaration.

Know the contents of your vehicle.

Upon arrival at selected major airports in Canada, travelers can use a primary inspection kiosk to verify their travel documents, confirm their identity and complete an on-screen declaration.

When traveling with children, it is recommended that the accompanying adult have a consent letter authorizing them to travel with the child.

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