1. Plan ahead to avoid delays at the Canada-U.S. land border. Don’t travel during peak periods such as afternoons and weekends.
2. Bring appropriate identification for yourself and for all children travelling with you, regardless of their age. If you have or share legal custody of the children, have copies of the relevant legal documents, such as custody rights, on hand.
3. Declare all merchandise you have bought and have all your receipts on hand.
4. Be aware of your personal exemptions. Depending on the length of your stay abroad, you may be entitled to certain personal exemptions.
After being away for …
• 24 hours or more, bring back up to $50 worth of merchandise;
• 48 hours or more, bring back up to $400 worth of merchandise;
• 7 days or more, bring back up to $750 worth of merchandise.
5. Know before you go. Certain goods are prohibited or restricted from entering Canada (weapons, certain plant and animal products, etc.).