The CBSA is committed to providing the best possible service, and all ports of entry will be appropriately staffed to meet this expected increase in traffic. Travellers can help by preparing ahead and knowing what to expect before arriving at the border. The following are some helpful tips to those travelling this weekend:
- All adults and children who are travelling must have proper identification. Children under the age of 16 can present an original or copy of their birth certificate. If travelling with children, have their identification ready to show (picture ID, birth certificate, passport, etc.) and a letter of permission for any child who is travelling without their parents or with a non-custodial parent.
- Use your NEXUS card and save time at land, air and marine ports of entry when entering Canada or the United States. Visit www.nexus.gc.ca for more information or to apply for a membership.
- 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, a NEXUS card or Free and Secure Trade (FAST) card when travelling by land or boat.
- Certain goods are prohibited from entering Canada, including some food, plant and animal products. Consult the I Declare brochure before you leave.
- Declare all money or monetary instruments equal to or over CAN$10,000.
- 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.
- Try to plan your arrival in Canada in advance. Avoid crossing during peak travel times and consider using other available ports of entry in the area.
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.