first thing you will notice when you arrive in Canada and
meet our Customs officers is that they are responsible not
only for customs matters but also – to some degree –
for immigration, agricultural and health requirements.
By the way, it would be a good idea
to check with your own customs authorities before you leave
home, to find out what you may or may not bring back from
your trip to Canada.
If you are planning to visit Canada,
you may find additional information by visiting the Government
of Canada’s web site at: www.ccra-adrc-.gc.ca
From parts of the world other than the
U.S.A., passports are essential, though visas are seldom required.
If in doubt about visas, check with the nearest Canadian embassy
For U.S. visitors, something more ‘formal’
than a driving license is required. If you are U.S. born,
you should bring your birth or baptismal certificate. Otherwise,
bring your naturalization certificate or alien registration
Current U.S. driving licenses are valid
in Canada. Visitors from other countries should obtain an
International Driving Permit (of the type agreed upon by the
1949 convention on road traffic).
Your own insurance company or automobile
club may help you obtain auto insurance that will cover you
in Canada, but failing that you should approach one of the
insurance companies that has international affiliations. This
is one arrangement that cannot be handled quickly and satisfactorily
after you have arrived in Canada! ALWAYS carry proof of insurance
If you are driving a rented vehicle,
be sure to carry a copy of the rental contract with you and
if the vehicle was rented outside Canada, be sure that the
contract specifies that it may be driven in Canada.
Besides personal luggage, you may bring
in certain goods free of duty and taxes.
If the purpose of your visit is to hunt,
you should write in advance to the provincial or territorial
capital to obtain a non-resident hunting license and a current
set of game regulations. From the same source, you can find
out whether an EXPORT PERMIT will be needed, to remove from
Canada the game you have killed.
If such a permit is required, be sure
to show it to Canadian Customs when you leave the country.
Hunters may bring in 200 shells duty-free.
Note that all provinces and territories
require that five-shot pump or semi-automatic shotguns used
for hunting be ‘plugged’ so that at no time can
there be more than one shell in the breech and two in the
Major Canadian international airports
are located in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto,
Ottawa, Montréal (Dorval), Québec City, Saint
John, Halifax, Gander, and Goose Bay.
For information on hunting and fishing
regulations, visit the Ministry of Natural Resources on-line
For more information contact:
Canadian Customs and Revenue Agency
Tel: 1-800-461-9999(toll free within Canada)
Tel: (204) 983-3500 or(506) 636-5064 (outside Canada)