to Canada? Thanks
Not really too complicated. When you get to the customs booth, you will be asked for identification. A drivers license and birth certificate would be OK to enter Canada, but you will need a passport to return to the U.S., so best to use a passport both ways. You will be asked: your citizenship and where you were born, the reason for your trip, how long you will be in the country, possibly where you will be staying if it is longer than a day, whether you have anything you will be leaving in Canada, if you have any guns or weapons and maybe some other similar questions. The important thing when crossing the border (either way) is to answer truthfully, be pleasant (no matter how obnoxious the official is because some of them can be) and don't be a smartass. Border guards (both ways) have a great deal of athority (for good reason) and can make the inspection process very unpleasant if they wish. Luckily, 99.9% of people have no problems at the border.
How long it takes depends on the time of year. In the winter, wait times at the bridges are generally just a few minutes. During the summer tourist season, it can be an hour or more.
Crossing the border is pretty straight forward. Just answer the questions asked of you, clearly, straightforward, and to the point. Usually, it’s something along the line of;
• Purpose of your trip?
• How long will you be in Canada?
• Are you bringing any firearms into Canada?
• Are you bringing any fruits or vegetables into Canada ?
Some suggestions to make things run more smoothly;
• Remove your sunglasses, if applicable.
• Look at the border guard when speaking.
• Speak clearly
• Talk with respect – Yes Sir, No Ma’am
• Do not make jokes.
• Answer questions with straight forward replies.
• Only answer the question that is asked of you – don’t babble.
The border guards are trained to "read" people. Remain calm, be straight forward with your replies, and be truthful at all times.
You'll most likely be one of the 99% that Fallsdude mentioned in his reply, and will wonder what all the fuss was about.
I know taking fruits or veg into states is a no no but i just crossed @ border into Canada @ Detroit bridge. Told custums guy I had limes, advocado & Jicama (veg) This was not a problem for me. Also had salsa which is full of tomato. (u say tomatoe) (fruit or veg?) Plus beer which contains barley malt & hops. All was well. ITS.
My husband and I both have passports, and have never had a problem. We even took our grandson, he was five, no passport, still no problem. At times we have had to wait a long time, (maybe an hour) other times and most of the time, we drive right through.
Have a good trip.
I am not a US citizen. Would I require a visa to see Niagara from the other side?
It depends what passport you hold and what your status in the U.S. is. This site will explain whether you would need a visa or not.
It is not complicated at all! As long as you have the proper identification, there shouldn't be any issues! All travelers, including citizens of the United States, Canada and Bermuda, entering or re-entering the United States will be required to have a passport, passport card or WHTI-compliant document. For more information about entry into the United States, visit the US Customs and Border Security website at www.getyouhome.gov.
~Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp.
Official Tourist Information for Niagara USA
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