All international visitors must clear Canadian Customs and Immigration at the arrival airport. Visitors will receive customs documents from in-flight personnel to complete before landing. Once on the ground, retrieve luggage and follow the directions to the Customs Hall. Visitors will be required to state what articles they are bringing into Canada, country of origin, their Canadian destination and their duration of visit in Canada.
When leaving Canada, the regulations of the destination country will apply. Check with the airline customer service desk if uncertain about any of these regulations. Pre-clearance facilities for United States-bound travellers are available at the Vancouver International Airport, Calgary International Airport, Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Montréal’s Dorval Airport and Halifax International Airport.
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Border Crossing Information
Identification and proof of citizenship is necessary for travel between the United States and Canada. Passports, Passport Cards or an Enhanced Driver’s License are required for all U.S. and Canadian citizens crossing a border. U.S. and Canadian children under the age of 16 may present a birth certificate. If both birth parents are not traveling, you must have written authorization from the parent(s) or proof of custody. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you are required to have a passport and possibly a visa. Airlines require a passport for all travelers.
Persons with a felony may be denied entrance into Canada. If you have been convicted of a crime in the United States it may be considered a felony in Canada. A driving under the influence conviction (D.U.I.) is considered a felony in Canada.
For more information:
U.S. Department of State
Citizenship and Immigration Canada