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Old 09-15-2014, 01:34 PM   #1
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What do I need to travel into Canada?

we're up in michigan and want to cross the border while here. we do have passports.
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Old 09-15-2014, 01:36 PM   #2
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passports is good, but make sure you declare any firearms if you have......


http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/inf...89648516990#a1
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Old 09-15-2014, 01:49 PM   #3
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Plus: no criminal record, no drugs, no hand guns or other prohibited weapons and you may want to turn off your cell phone when you cross the border.
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Old 09-15-2014, 02:56 PM   #4
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Make sure and take off sunglasses if you have them on, and once you pull up turn off your engine.
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Old 09-15-2014, 03:14 PM   #5
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<makes cautious mental note about crossing in to Canada, especially not by accident.

Remove SUNGLASSES?

"other prohibited weapons" ???? slingshots?
'splain please

why turn off cell phones?

drugs: even prescription drugs? again...'splain please
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Old 09-15-2014, 03:44 PM   #6
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Documentation wise, you'll need passports, plus possibly any vet papers for the pets to get into Canada. Coming back you might also need proof of ownership to prove you didn't just pick up the RV Canuck side.

Aside from that, if you do carry, your best bet is to find some kind of local storage and not even bring them. Pretty much you won't be allowed to carry anyways, so it's not like you're missing out on having them. If you have no other choice but to bring them with you then absolutely make sure you declare them. In the CSBA's eyes, failure to declare = smuggling = serious offence. As long as you declare, it's not so bad. They'll most likely either be confiscated, or you'll just be turned back, depending on the officer. Of course, if you don't carry, no worries.

Following that, there's not much you have to worry about regarding food stuffs, etc... As pointed out above, inspection.gc.ca has the list of what's allowed and not, but generally they're not as restrictive as the US. Coming back, avoid bringing back anything fresh (fruit, vegs, etc...) and in most cases you'll be fine. Unfortunately, the US side as too many hands in the pot to try to determine everything that is or isn't allowed. (CHP, USDA, FDA, CDC, etc...) Some aren't even things you'd normally think about. For instance, Minute Rice can't be brought over. (That reminds me, I need to remember to remove the rice before our trip this weekend.)

Alcohol and smokes are allowed for 'reasonable personal consumption'. For us Canadians returning to Canada, this equates to 1 40 oz'r or a case of beer or 2 bottles of wine and at most a carton of cigarettes. While that's the official rule, I believe the American visitors are often granted more leeway. I wouldn't try to push it though. They're gonna be curious if you're trying to claim you're going to drink 20 cases of beer over a 2 day weekend; however, a modestly stocked bar of 4-5 bottles that are open and at various stages of use could possibly be OK.

Also, you said you're coming from Michigan. Both Michigan and southern Ontario are under a quarantine on the transportation of firewood due to the emerald ash borer and some other insect. So don't bring firewood across.

Most of what you need to know, aside from what's on inspection.gc.ca can be found on the CBSA's website:

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Old 09-15-2014, 04:12 PM   #7
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<makes cautious mental note about crossing in to Canada, especially not by accident.

Remove SUNGLASSES?
The better to see you with my dear. (Couldn't resist). They need to confirm things like eye colour.

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"other prohibited weapons" ???? slingshots?
'splain please
Everyone knows about the handgun limits, but a fair number of knives are prohibited as well. The link I put in my post above can explain better on exactly what is and isn't allowed.

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why turn off cell phones?
They don't have to actually be turned off at a land crossing, but it's more of a courtesy thing. They really don't like people receiving calls (either side of the border).

Also, since you're crossing, you're now roaming. Some people prefer to just leave their phones off unless needed to avoid potential roaming charges.

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drugs: even prescription drugs? again...'splain please
Anything you have a prescription for (except maybe medical M_____) should be fine. On the other hand though, bringing over a full vial of Oxycodine and not having a prescription for it is a no-no.
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Officially, Americans don't need a passport to get into Canada. However, your government requires you to have one to get back into your own country so the point is moot.

Sunglasses: border agents always ask you to remove them because they are trained to look at what your eyes are doing as you answer questions.

Cellphone: unless you have north-america-wide roaming, our roaming rates are rapacious (same for Canadians roaming in the U.S.)
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Lots of money for fuel, we get to pay european prices for it.
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Lots of money for fuel, we get to pay european prices for it.
LOL I second that, you will be paying 5plus dollars a ltr.
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