Canada Border Services Agency

Canada Border Services Agency

August 22, 2016 12:00 ET

CBSA Recommends Leaving Your Firearms at Home When Travelling to Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 22, 2016) - Canada Border Services Agency

Today, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) launches a firearms awareness campaign reminding United States (US) travellers, coming to Canada, about Canadian firearm laws.

Canadian laws are different than US ones - as such the CBSA suggests you check before arriving at a Canadian port of entry. It is strongly recommended that you not carry your firearm when travelling to Canada and/or transiting through Canada to reach another US destination. However, should you choose to travel with your firearms, you must declare all firearms in your possession at the first Canadian designated port of entry. You must also have all the necessary permits and have your firearm appropriately stored.

Canadian firearm laws are clear - failure to declare any firearm may lead to seizure action, penalty, prosecution in a court of law; and may make you inadmissible to Canada. Your vehicle may also be seized and you will have to pay a penalty to get it back.

We welcome our US neighbours in Canada - to make your journey more pleasant, travel light and always remember to declare all goods with you.

Quick Facts

  • Firearms are high-risk commodities and their interdiction is an enforcement priority for Canada.
  • Most firearms seized at Canada designated land ports of entry are from US travellers seeking entry to Canada.

Associated Links

Import and Export a Firearm or Weapon into Canada

Canadian Firearms Program: Information and Services for Visitors / Non-Residents

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Contact Information

  • Canada Border Services Agency
    Media Line
    613-957-6500