Canada Border Entry Checklist for Summer Travellers

  • photo courtesy of Canada Border Services Agency

  • Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Border Guidelines:

  • Check border wait times. Avoid crossing during peak travel times like weekend evenings. Consider crossing at the least busy port of entry in the area.

  • Consult IRCC\'s 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.

  • 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. http://cbsa-

  • Declare all purchases and have your receipts 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.

  • 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.

  • Evelyn Ackah is a Canada immigration law expert and founder and managing lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. Contact Evelyn:

This checklist was created by evelynackah

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