In this article, I will discuss what cross-border measures need to be taken by Americans traveling to Canada to travel safely and successfully to Canada. Just like Canadians traveling to the U.S., Americans traveling to Canada must have appropriate IDs when crossing the border. To enter Canada, U.S. citizens must now present one of the following documents to Canadian border guards:
• American passport card
• Reinforced driver’s license
• American passport
In the case of U.S. citizens under the age of 16, they may instead present other evidence of U.S. citizenship, such as a copy of a birth certificate, a citizenship certificate, or a naturalization certificate. Indigenous Indians and people crossing the border by boat may be subject to various documents.
Low-risk travelers may be issued NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST, or Trusted Traveler cards that will cross the border with your entry into the U.S. and are issued only to pre-approved low-risk travelers. Once provided, the NEXUS card can be used both on land and at sea, as well as at airports that have a NEXUS kiosk. A person should always make sure they have proper identification to avoid
Another issue you need to be aware of is waiting time at the border. This is inevitable. Monday through Thursday is a standard approximately 10-minute wait at a Canadian customs inspection point. From Friday to Sunday and on holidays it can take much longer – from 20 minutes to a full hour during rush hour. One has to make sure that their vehicle is ready for inspection by Canadian customs officers.
With regard to customs duties, when entering Canada, personal rewards, such as clothing, camping and sports equipment, as well as a vehicle, may be duty-free for personal use only (may not be used by Canadians). The traveler may be asked to fill out a customs declaration card. Upon return to the U.S., no duty will be charged on personal luggage items, but customs may require a deposit to be refunded upon departure from Canada.
Gifts worth less than $ 60 CDN can be imported into Canada duty free. Gifts in excess of this price will be charged in proportion to the amount exceeding $ 60. Alcohol and tobacco may be imported into Canada provided that the traveler has reached the legal age for smoking and alcohol consumption in the province to which they belong, in the following quantities:
• Wine: 1.5 liters
• Liqueur: 1.14 liters either
• Beer: 8.5 liters or bottles or jars measuring 24 x 355 ml
• Cigarettes: 200
• Cigars: 50
• 200 grams of tobacco or 200 tobacco sticks
It is not allowed to bring obscene materials or objects that cause hatred, harm to the environment. Anyone planning to bring weapons, meat or dairy, animals or plants, or import a vehicle should contact the Canadian Border Security Agency and find out if what they are carrying can be legally imported.
The following are a number of possible reasons for detention at the border:
• If a person has a criminal record in Canada or a criminal record from abroad, he or she may be barred from entering the country. Some countries share criminal records with Canada’s border services, and in any case a Canadian criminal record will appear during the investigation of cases. If a person has a Canadian criminal record or a foreign criminal record, he or she can apply for rehabilitation at the Canadian Embassy or Consulate to obtain a travel permit. The nature of a Canadian criminal record or a foreign criminal record and the time that has elapsed since the conviction was handed down will be decisive factors in whether a person will be allowed to travel.
• If a person is traveling with children but both parents are not present. Grandparents or legal guardians traveling with children under the age of 18 must present custody documents or letters from the child’s parents authorizing the child’s travel, along with proof of the child’s citizenship.
• The traveler is a permanent resident of the United States but is not a citizen. They must present their green card or alien registration card.