Happy Canada Day to our neighbors of the north! Since today is Canada Day I thought it would be a good idea to share a few travel tips for entry when you visit Canada as a tourist. It is not as simple as just showing up at the border and crossing over.
All US Citizens must have a passport book when traveling by air to Canada. For land crossings, passport cards are acceptable.
It is important to note there are requirements for visiting Canada. As listed on the Government of Canada website http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/apply-who.asp
To visit Canada, you must:
- have a valid travel document, such as a passport,
- be in good health,
- convince an immigration officer that you have ties—such as a job, home, financial assets or family—that will take you back to your home country,
- convince an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit, and
- have enough money for your stay. (The amount of money you will need can vary. it depends on things like how long you will stay, and whether you will stay in a hotel or with friends or relatives.)
You may also need a:
- temporary resident (visitor) visa, depending on your citizenship
- letter of invitation from someone who lives in Canada.
There are reasons of inadmissibility, in which you may be denied entry into Canada. The main one that surprises some travelers is that you may be denied entry if you have DUI on your driving record. I have heard from other agents the stories of clients on Alaskan cruises, where they departed the US at Seattle or ports in Alaska and once they arrived in a Canadian port they were detained, denied entry, or required to immediately deport home because of a DUI on their driving record.
This is not something to risk. If you are planning a trip to Canada it is important to seek assistance with the Canadian Consulate to determine your eligibility well BEFORE you depart for your trip.
Visiting Canada is well worth the effort. Grab a double double and check out these options in Vancouver and Whistler area. Have a safe trip and enjoy all there is to offer!
Agent and owner of Krafty Travel, Perrysburg, Ohio.