Canadian Border Crossing Rules

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If you plan on crossing the border into Canada, make sure you know the rules regarding proof of identification, rental car and driving procedures, and what goods you can bring with you. Get valuable pointers in this free video of advice from a travel expert.

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Oh, hi everybody, welcome. My name's Matthew, and I'm here with 22 years in the travel industry. I'm here to talk about Canadian crossing rules. Sometimes, it gets a little confusing when it's time to cross the border into Canada, so I want to make it a little easier for you. So, you can travel into Canada anyway you want, air, sea, or land. So, if you are going by air or sea, you're going to go through regular customs, with everybody getting off of a cruise ship, and everybody getting off of an aircraft. However, those of you who are going to be driving across the border into Canada, you are going to have to have a couple of things on you to make sure it goes smooth. First off, you're going to have to have proof of identification. You're going to need either a passport, or your birth certificate. For those of you who are driving into Canada, if you have a rental car, you're going to want to make sure that you have a letter of agreement in your contract from the rental car agency that it is okay to take the car across the border. Also, what if you're driving a car that's not registered to you? A friend asks you to drive a car across to Canada, and you're by yourself. You need proof of a letter from the person that the car is registered to, that it is okay for you to take the car into Canada when you're crossing the border. Now, when it comes time to goods that you can bring in, just be aware that you are allowed to bring in tobacco and alcohol, you must be of age limit first. And, regarding tobacco, you're allowed 200 cigarettes, and 50 cigars. When it comes time to alcohol, you're allowed 1.5 liter of liquor or wine. Also, for those of you who have any type of criminal record, even driving under the influence, you're going to want to check, because you may be prohibited from entering Canada. Any of these rules and regulations can change. So, what I suggest, go online to www.inspection.gs.ca for the latest updates about crossing the Canadian border. Good luck with that, you should have no problem if you know what you're doing. See you later.

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