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U.S. Citizens Traveling to Canada


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A passport is not specifically required but Canada requires that you carry some proof of your citizenship that includes photo identification such as a passport or birth certificate, or a certificate of citizenship or naturalization, or a certificate of North American Native status. Children under 16 need to present proof of U.S. citizenship such as their birth certificate when entering Canada with their parents.

You can get a passport application at many post offices, clerks of court, public libraries and other state, county, township, and municipal offices. Click here to look up your nearest location. If your passport has not arrived in time for your trip, you can take along your copy of your passport application and two pieces of I.D. (e.g. driver's license and birth certificate). That will suffice to get you through the border.

Does someone in your group have a DUI?

If a member of your group has some time in the past been charged for driving under the influence of alcohol, he can usually obtain temporary permission at the crossing point to enter Canada for a limited time. Here is a link to where you can down-load various forms relating to the matter.

And here is information about obtaining a temporary admission permit if you have a DUI.

You can also call this number below for more information
Canada Customs and Immigration
Automated Immigration/Visitor Information
Phone: (705) 941-3100

Driving a Boat in Canada:
Residents of the USA can operate a boat in Canada for 45 days without a boater's license.

Bringing Food into Canada:
You can bring into Canada two weeks worth of food.

Bringing Alcohol & Tobacco:
Click here for detailed info

Bringing Live Bait into Canada:
Make sure that live bait is packed in artificial bedding, not in natural earth.

Credit Cards
If you plan to use a credit card be sure to call the bank who issued your card and tell them that you will be going to Canada. Most banks now decline the transactions if a card is suddenly used outside the U.S.A. without notice from the owner.


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