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Passport and US Visitor Information

Thinking About Visiting Canada? Confused about border re-entry requirements?

AS OF JUNE 1, 2009: U.S. citizens will be required to present one of the following documents for entry into the United States by land or sea from Canada.

Acceptable documents for U.S. Re-Entry

  • U.S. Passport Card
    • Cost: $45 - Age 16 and older
    • $35 - Under age 16
    • $20 - For holders of U.S. passport
    • Validity: 10 years - Age 16 and older
    • 5 years - Under age 16
    • Issued by: U.S. Department of State
    • Limitations: Not valid for international air travel
  • Enhanced Driver's License
    • Cost: $15-$30 over a regular driver's license
    • Validity: Will vary by state or province Issued by: Individual state or province
    • Limitations: Not valid for international air travel
  • U.S. Passport
    • Cost: $100 - Age 16 and older
    • $85 - Under age 16
    • Validity: 10 years - Age 16 and older
    • 5 years - Under age 16
    • Issued by: U.S. Department of State


U.S. citizen children under the age of 16 will be able to present the original or copy of their birth certificate, or other proof of U.S. citizenship such as a naturalization certificate or citizenship card.

Trusted Traveler Program Cards

NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST enrollment cards can speed your entry into the U.S. and are issued only to pre-approved, low-risk travelers. The cards are valid for use at land or sea; the NEXUS card can be used in airports with a NEXUS kiosk.

Special Groups

Information for Parents and Children, Native Americans and Boaters.

Knowing what documents are required and having them ready when you return home will help streamline the entry process and ensure your return to the U.S. is as smooth as possible.

Visit the Department of Homeland Security's website: GetYouHome.gov for more information on the changing travel requirements.

Duties and Importing

American residents who spend more than 48 hours in Canada are allowed to take up to US$400 worth of goods purchased in Canada back into the U.S.

You may take advantage of this exemption only once every 30 days. (If you have already used this exemption, the US$200 exemption applies.)

Members of a single family, traveling together and living in the same residence, are allowed to pool their exemptions to cover their combined purchases.

Up to 100 cigars, one litre (35.2 American fluid ounces) of alcoholic beverages (if you are older than 21 years of age ) and one carton of 200 cigarettes may be included within your exemption.

Please note that Cuban cigars, although commonly available in Canada, may not be brought into the United States.

If you visit Canada for less than 48 hours, or if you have already claimed a US$400 exemption in the previous days, you are allowed to take goods purchased in Canada worth up to US$200 back into the U.S. Up to 10 non-Cuban cigars, 150 milliliters (5.1 American fluid ounces ) of alcoholic beverages and 50 cigarettes may be included as part of your exemption.

Duty will be charged on any goods worth more than the exemptions described above. Under the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, duty on the first US$1400 worth of goods ( including the US$400 exemption ) is being phased out. This agreement applies only to goods that are stamped either "Made in Canada" or "Made in the U.S.A.". In 1997 the rate of duty was 1%. The duty itself was scheduled to be eliminated by January 1, 1998.

Any goods worth more than the US$1400 limit will be charged duty at various Rates & Reservations.

Goods not covered by the Free Trade Agreement will continue to have duty charged against them at various Rates & Reservations. For current information on duty Rates & Reservations and levels, please contact U.S. Customs before you leave home.

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