Travel Info: Customs Information

All travelers entering the United States from Canada must present one of the following travel documents: U.S. Passport or Passport Card, Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) or Trusted Traveler Card (NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST). These documents are available in some U.S. states and Canadian provinces. For U.S. customs information, visit www.cbp.gov; for Canadian Customs, www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca.

U.S. and Canadian citizen children under age 16 arriving by land or sea from contiguous territory may also present an original or copy of his or her birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, a Naturalization Certificate, or a Canadian Citizenship Card.

U.S. and Canadian citizen children under age 19 arriving by land or sea from contiguous territory and traveling with a school group, religious group, social or cultural organization, or sports team, may also present an original or copy of his or her birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, a Naturalization Certificate, or a Canadian Citizenship Card.

Travelers other than U.S. citizens, legal U.S. residents and Canadian citizens must have a passport and visa when applicable and must give the purpose of their visit and planned length of stay.

Certain plants, fruits, vegetables, meats and prepared meats are prohibited. Dogs and other pets must have, from their veterinarian, a recent certificate of a rabies shot noting that the animal does not have any contagious disease.

For more information on border crossing, write to: U.S. Customs, PO Box 7407, Washington, D.C. 20044, 202-566-8195; or to the U.S. Customs District Office in St. Albans, VT 05478, 802-524-6527. You can also get more information at the U.S. customs offices in Montréal, 514-636-3875 or Toronto, 416-676-2606.

Current border crossing wait times for Rock Island/Derby Line and St. Armand/Highgate Springs are updated hourly on the U.S. and Canadian websites noted above.