Going Through Customs to and from Canada...
For detailed information on requirements and restrictions, contact the United States Customs Service at (906) 632-2631 or Canada Customs Service at (705) 941-3063.
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Traveling into Canada
Crossing the border is reasonably easy. As of June 1, 2009, however, you are required to present a passport, passport card, Enhanced Driver's License, NEXUS, FAST, or SENTRI card, U.S. Merchant Mariner Documentation or U.S. Military Identification. For more information on travel documents visit the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. Please answer all questions truthfully and completely. Click here for the U.S. Border website. Please contact them with specific questions!
Everyone crossing the border is required to speak to a customs officer, usually just to answer a few questions to establish your citizenship and the purpose for your trip. You are required to have photo identification for yourself and Birth Certificates for any children traveling with you. Proper identification includes a birth certificate, Passport, citizenship card, a record of landing or a certificate of Indian status.
You must also declare all goods you will leave behind, including all gifts.
Firearms: All firearms must be declared at the Canadian border.
Other Imported Goods: Please check with the Canadian Border.
When returning home, you’ll be required to clear Customs Service and declare all articles you acquired abroad. If you are bringing large or expensive items for use during your trip that you’ll be taking back with you (such as snow machines, skis, cameras, etc.), it’s a good idea to register them with Customs before you leave the country –or have proof-of-purchase with you to ensure easy clearance on your return trip.
For detailed information on requirements and restrictions, contact the United States Customs Service at (906) 632-2631 or Canada Customs Service at (705) 941-3063. The International Bridge Authority phone number is 906-635-5255. Also see the "Know Before You Go" brochure created by US Customs.