MIL-OSI Translation: Traveling during March Break? The Canada Border Services Agency gives you tips to make your trip easier

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MIL OSI Translation. Canadian French to English –

Source: Government of Canada – in French

February 29, 2024Ottawa, Ontario

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is reminding travelers what to expect when crossing the border during the March break.

Every day, the CBSA works hard to protect Canadians, support the economy and ensure the safe and efficient movement of people and goods across our borders. In 2023, we welcomed 86,575,393 travelers and intercepted more than 72,200 kg of prohibited drugs, cannabis, narcotics and chemicals, representing an increase of more than 29% compared to 2022.

The CBSA invests significant effort in planning and preparing for peak periods, including long weekends and statutory holidays. We monitor traveler numbers and work hard to minimize wait times at points of entry, including international airports, without compromising the security and safety of the country.

Here are some tips to help you prepare for your trip:

Plan ahead, expect delays and check waiting time at the border. Travelers crossing the border by land are encouraged to do so outside of peak hours, particularly early in the morning. When you are traveling with children, it is recommended that the accompanying adult have a letter of consent authorizing them to travel with the child if they have shared custody or if they are not the parent or legal guardian. Border services officers are always on the lookout for missing children and, in the absence of a letter, they might ask additional questions. Have your travel documents. Whether you are traveling by land, air or sea, you can help speed up the processes by showing up with your travel documents. Save time with Declaration made in advance. You can make your customs and immigration declaration up to 72 hours before your arrival in Canada at the international airports of Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Winnipeg, Halifax, Quebec, Ottawa, Billy Bishop, Calgary and Edmonton. Data shows that using this tool can reduce the time spent at a terminal or electronic door by up to 50%. Prepare to make a statement. All travelers must declare their goods upon entry into Canada. Returning residents must have their receipts on hand for goods purchased or received abroad. Travelers must know everything inside their vehicle and are responsible for its contents. We encourage you not to travel with firearms, but if you choose to do so, be sure to check the CBSA website for information on rules for importing firearms and others regulated and prohibited goods, including pepper spray and certain knives. Know your exemption limits. Returning residents who plan to shop or pick up online purchases across the border should know their personal exemption limits, including for alcohol and tobacco. We encourage you to use CBSA Duties and Taxes Estimatorto help you calculate the amounts owed. Cannabis: don’t bring it in, don’t take it out. Cross-border transportation of cannabis in any form, including oils containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or cannabidiol (CBD), without permit or exemption authorized by Health Canada remains a serious criminal offense punishable by arrest and prosecution, despite the legalization of cannabis in Canada. A medical prescription from a physician is not considered authorization from Health Canada. Are you bringing traditional Indigenous medicines or ceremonial items to Canada? Medicines such as sage, cedar, sweetgrass, peyote and tobacco are recognized as sacred objects and can be brought across the border by Canada’s indigenous peoples. However, plant materials are subject to regulations and inspections. If you are traveling with a pet or plan to import an animal in Canada, you will need the correct documents at the border to meet the country’s import requirements.

You are not sure? Ask a CBSA officer. The best thing you can do to save time when you arrive in Canada is to be open and honest with the CBSA officer. Follow all instructions they give you carefully. If you are unsure of what you need to declare, don’t hesitate to ask. Our border services officers are here to help you!

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and/or sentence structure not be perfect.

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