Many people enter Canada through airports, seaports or by road. Traveling by road into Canada is also an option for visitors or immigrants. Whichever means you choose to enter the Country, you will definitely meet with immigration or border officials.
If you are entering Canada on a bus or by car from the United States, you might have a border stop that can last an hour or more. The border official will ask you to present your travel documents that prove your status in Canada. This article will guide you on how to travel by road to Canada from the US.
If you are a visitor, temporary resident, permanent resident or Canadian citizen and you are travel by road from the US into Canada, this guide and tips will be very handy and helpful to you.
Passport and Identification
Get your passport, travel documents and papers that prove your status. While a passport is perhaps the common way to prove your status, you can also use a birth certificate, citizenship certificate or naturalization, a PR Card, or a confirmation of permanent resident, according to the Canada Border Services Agency.
US citizens can present their US passport. If you don’t have a US passport, you can apply for it through the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs. You might want to start the process on time as it takes at least Six weeks to get the document ready.
Book Your Tickets
If you are traveling by public transport, Greyhound buses are the easiest mode of travel, though you will get no direct routes from upper Midwest cities down into central Canada. Direct routes go from coastal US cities, such as Albany, Boston, and Seattle, into Canadian cities.
But, if you are going to a location more inland, you may have to prepare for many stopovers and layovers along the way. Although, some private tour companies might have a more direct route; whichever way, make sure you check the times, dates and costs of travel carefully before you book.
Packing Your Luggage
If you are not traveling by your car, make sure you choose a strong and portable bag that can endure a bit of beating. Like airlines, bus companies have baggage restrictions; Greyhound bus company, for instance, allows one free piece of luggage and charges an extra fee for more baggages.
You are also allowed to pack a few snacks and toiletry items; as buses do make some stops along the way, it might not be as often as you did like, and in remote places of Canada the amenities are scarce.
At the Canadian border, you might be asked to fill out any declaration card. When you come into Canada by bus or by car, border agents might ask you to fill out a form that details the goods you are bringing into the country.
Canada has restrictions on bringing in certain goods, including firearms, alcohol, and tobacco. If you are looking at bringing these items, ensure you carefully read through the Canada Border service’s resources page on the internet to be aware of what’s allowed and what’s not.
After declaring your baggage and goods, Canadian border officials will check out your passport and/or other travel documents and then admit you into the country.