Canada Border Services Agency

Canada Border Services Agency

December 15, 2010 14:30 ET

Travel Tips this Holiday Season

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 15, 2010) - The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) offers the following tips to assist with your travel to and from Canada during the holiday season.

-All adults and children who are travelling must have proper identification. It is important to keep in mind that the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative is now in effect, requiring that all travellers to the United States present a valid passport or other approved secure document.

-Know your personal exemptions, including those for alcohol and tobacco.

-Declare all purchases made (including duty free purchases), have receipts readily available, and declare all money or monetary instruments equal to or over CAN$10,000. 

-Gift giving is part of the holiday season. Gifts received while outside Canada and brought home count towards your personal exemption. 

-Certain goods are prohibited from entering Canada including some food, plant and animal products. Be sure to declare all goods purchased or received abroad. 

-For more information on the above-noted tips, consult the I Declare brochure, available at

-Want to save time at the border? NEXUS members can use their card when entering Canada or the United States at all designated NEXUS air, land and marine ports of entry. Visit for more information or to apply for a membership.

Travelling by air?

  • Prior to arriving in Canada, all travellers are provided with a Declaration form (Form E311). Be sure to accurately fill it out and keep it in an accessible place until you have exited the secure area of the airport. 

Travelling by car?

  • Where possible, plan the time and place you return to Canada – avoid crossing during peak travel times and consider using other available ports of entry in the area. 
  • Border wait times are available on the CBSA Web site at:

The CBSA wishes you happy holidays and a safe return to Canada.

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