Travel tips from the CBSA for the sum­mer travel sea­son

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - DESTINATIONS -

Dur­ing the busy sum­mer travel sea­son the Canada Bor­der Ser­vices Agency (CBSA) wishes to re­mind trav­ellers of some im­por­tant travel tips.

The CBSA makes ev­ery ef­fort to ef­fec­tively man­age the in­creased vol­umes of pas­sen­gers dur­ing this peak pe­riod, as we rec­og­nize the im­por­tance of bor­der wait times to both the Cana­dian trade and tourism in­ter­ests.

How­ever, trav­ellers can help fa­cil­i­tate their pas­sage at the bor­der by keep­ing the fol­low­ing tips in mind:

1. Plan ahead to avoid de­lays at the Canada-U.S. land bor­der.

2. The CBSA sug­gests that you avoid trav­el­ling dur­ing peak pe­ri­ods, which oc­cur mainly dur­ing week­ends and statu­tory hol­i­days, be­tween 2 p.m. and mid­night. You may also keep track of bor­der wait times. To in­quire about bor­der wait times at ma­jor ports of en­try, you may con­sult the CBSA web­site (­eng.html), or Twit­ter (gen­eral: @CanBorder; bor­der wait-times: @CBSA_BWT)

3. Bring ap­pro­pri­ate iden­ti­fi­ca­tion for your­self and for all chil­dren trav­el­ling with you, re­gard­less of their age. CBSA of­fi­cers watch closely for miss­ing chil­dren and may ask you de­tailed ques­tions about the chil­dren you are trav­el­ling with. If you have or share le­gal cus­tody of the chil­dren, have copies of the rel­e­vant le­gal doc­u­ments, such as cus­tody rights, on hand.

4. De­clare all mer­chan­dise you have bought and re­ceived and have all your re­ceipts on hand. Of­fi­cers may ask you to show re­ceipts for the goods you have pur­chased and your ho­tel re­ceipts to ver­ify the length of your stay out­side Canada. Keep all of your re­ceipts to­gether and on hand to avoid un­nec­es­sary de­lays.

5. Be aware of your per­sonal ex­emp­tions. Depend­ing on the length of your stay abroad, you may be en­ti­tled to cer­tain per­sonal ex­emp­tions.

6. Know be­fore you go. Cer­tain goods are pro­hib­ited or re­stricted from en­ter­ing Canada (weapons, cer­tain plant and an­i­mal prod­ucts, etc.).

Find out more in­for­ma­tion from the doc­u­ment Res­i­dents Re­turn­ing to Canada:­age/ifcr­cr­pcrc

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