OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 27, 2013) - Like many Canadians, you may be planning your spring break getaway to warmer destinations. If you plan on travelling south this winter, let the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) equip you for your return home.
- Ensure that you have proper identification for yourself and everyone travelling with you readily available.
-- A passport is the preferable piece of identification for entry into Canada. Other acceptable identification includes an enhanced driver's licence, a birth certificate with accompanying photo ID such as a regular driver's licence, a permanent resident card, a citizenship card or a certificate of Indian status, and a NEXUS card or Free and Secure Trade (FAST) card when travelling by land or boat.
- A border services officer will scan your documents, so presenting preferable forms of identification could get you on your way quicker.
- Prior to arriving in Canada by air, all travellers are provided with a Declaration form (Form E311). Be sure to fill it out accurately and keep it in an accessible place until a border services officer asks you for it.
- Know your personal exemptions, including those for alcohol and tobacco. Declare all purchases made (including duty-free purchases), and have your receipts readily available upon your return to Canada.
- Souvenirs can be a good way to remember your trip, but certain goods are prohibited from entering Canada, including some food, plant and animal products. Be aware of what goods are prohibited from entering Canada by consulting the I Declare brochure.
- When driving into Canada, ensure that all identification is accessible, and radios and cell phones are turned off.
- Border wait times for land borders are available at www.cbsa.gc.ca, or follow us on Twitter for hourly border wait time updates at BWT_CBSA.
- We know you are mobile and now we are too. Stay connected with us at www.cbsa.gc.ca/mobile.
- For even more travel tips, watch the CBSA's travel tips video on YouTube.
For a list of Travel Health Notices, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Have something to say? We want to hear it. If you have questions about your interactions with our border services officers, we encourage you to speak to a CBSA superintendent who can address your questions or concerns at that time. Alternatively, you can visit the CBSA Web site and fill out an electronic feedback form where you can voice your comments, complaints and compliments.
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