CROSSING THE BORDER INTO CANADA
With the implementation of the new WHTI (Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative) on June 1, 2009, it is advised that any visitors, whether you are Canadian or U.S. citizens entering Canada or the United States by land, air or water will be required to present one of the following valid WHTI-compliant documents:
a passport; a NEXUS card; a FAST (Free and Secure Trade) card; an EDL or EIC from a province or territory where a U.S. approved EDL/EIC program has been implemented.
For those children under the age of 16 please visit the minors link and it will inform you of the
appropriate documentation that is needed to cross the borders:
Visitors from another country, other than the U.S., are required to present a valid passport and, sometimes, a visa. Visas are issued by Canadian Immigration offices, embassies and consulates. Canadian Border Service Agency
Pigeon River Ontario – (807) 964-2093
Sault Ste. Marie Ontario – (705) 941-3063
WHAT YOU CAN BRING INTO CANADA WITH YOU
Duty-free items that may be brought into Canada:
- Clothing and personal effects, recreation and sporting goods
- Up to 50 cigars, 200 cigarettes, 200 tobacco sticks, 200 grams of tobacco.
- One of the following: 1.5L (53 imperial oz.) of wine, 1.14L (40 imperial oz.) of spirits/coolers/ etc, 8.5L of beer/ale (24 pack).
- Reasonable food supply/person
- Full Tank of Gasoline
- Up to $10,000 (or equiv.) in Canadian currency.
Note: all articles above the listed permissible quantities are subject to import duty fees.
CROSSING THE BORDER INTO THE U.S.
All Canadian and U.S. citizens entering the United States by land are required to present one of the following valid WHTI-compliant documents: a passport, a NEXUS card; a FAST card; or an EDL or EIC from a province or territory where a U.S.
approved EDL/EIC program has been implemented.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection:
Grand Portage MN – (218) 475-2244
Sault Ste Marie International Bridge, MI (906) 632-2631
WHAT YOU CAN BRING BACK INTO THE US
U.S. residents returning to the United States after 48 hours can take back $800 U.S. worth of merchandise; duty-free, every 30 days.
This may include:
- One Litre (33.8 ounces) of Alcohol
- 200 cigarettes or 100 cigars that are not Cuban in origin
Members of a family traveling together may combine their personal exemptions.
After a visit of fewer than 48 hours, or if the $800 allowance or part of it has been used within the previous 30 days, an exemption of $200 US is
allowed (may not be combined by family members), including 150 ml (4 ounces) of alcohol, 150 mL of perfume and no more than 50 cigarettes or 10 cigars, not of Cuban origin. Articles brought back into the U.S. as part of an exemption must be for personal or household use. They must be brought with the person and properly declared. They must not include prohibited or restricted items.
FIREARMS & AMMUNITION
Handguns, fully automatic weapons and firearms
less than 26” in length are prohibited entry into
Canada, with the exception of pistols used by
participants in bonafide marksmanship contests.
Most sporting rifles and shotguns can be admitted
without permit if the visitor is sixteen or older,
without a criminal record. A description of all guns,
with serial numbers, must be submitted to Canada
Customs on entry. Up to 200 rounds of ammunition
may be brought in duty-free.
We recommend you exchange your currency
prior to shopping to receive the best exchange rate.
U.S. funds can be exchanged at all banks and some
Ontario Visitor Centres or pay with a credit or debit
card to get that day’s exchange rate.
DRIVING IN CANADA
– Seatbelts are mandatory.
– Radar detectors are illegal in Ontario.
– Right turns are permitted on a red light after a
complete stop unless otherwise posted.
– Speed limits and distances are shown in
kilometers (60 mph = 96 km/h).
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