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U.S. Border Crossing: 8 Tips for Planning Your March Break Trip

U.S. Border Crossing from Canada

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is cautioning a busy March break at Canada – U.S. border crossings this year. Besides the usual expectations of delays while travelling and reminders to bring all travel documents, we have put together 8 tips to speed you along at airport and land ports of entry.

1. Get Ahead of the Game:

Before hitting the road, it’s wise to plan ahead. Expect some waiting time at the U.S. Canada border, especially during busy hours. To beat the rush, consider crossing early in the morning when traffic tends to be lighter.

Problems U.S. Border crossing? Call to book U.S. Entry Waiver eligibility consultation 1-204-453-0099.

2. Travelling with Kids? Bring a Consent Letter:

If you’re travelling with children and you’re not their parent or legal guardian, it’s a good idea to have a consent letter from their guardian. This helps border officers ensure everyone’s safety and may save you from additional questioning.

3. Declare in Advance to Save Time:

Skip the lines by declaring your goods online up to 72 hours before arriving in Canada. This nifty tool is available at major airports and can cut your processing time in half at the customs kiosk or eGate.

4. Don’t Forget to Declare:

Remember, everyone crossing the border must declare their goods. Keep receipts handy for items bought outside Canada. And be mindful of what’s in your vehicle – you’re responsible for it all. While it’s best not to travel with firearms, if you must, know the rules.

5. Know Your Exemption Limits:

Returning residents should be aware of personal exemption limits, especially for alcohol and tobacco. To help calculate potential duties, try the CBSA duty and taxes estimator before your trip.

6. Leave the Cannabis Behind:

Even though cannabis is legal in Canada, it’s still a no-go at the border. Bringing it across without proper authorization is a serious offence, regardless of a medical prescription.

7. Indigenous Medicines and Ceremonial Goods:

If you’re carrying traditional Indigenous medicines or ceremonial items like sage or tobacco, they’re generally allowed. But be aware of regulations and inspections for plant materials.

8. Pet Travel:

Bringing a furry friend? Make sure you have all the necessary paperwork to meet Canada’s import requirements. Don’t get caught off-guard at the border!

U.S. Border Crossing Problems?

We have been helping Canadians with border crossing issues for over 30 years at our Winnipeg office. Mitch at Pardon Services offers a free confidential U.S. Entry Waiver eligibility consultation to answer all of your questions. To contact Mitch, call 204-453-0099 or use the contact form on this page. All consultations are private and always free of charge.

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