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MOTOR COACH CANADA
L'ASSOCIATION DES AUTOCARISTES CANADIENS
Information for Visitors to
Canada Arriving by Motor Coach
Note: The following information is intended to be used as a guideline and has been provided for the purpose
of convenience only. Space does not permit comprehensive description of all the legal requirements and
regulations can be amended at any time. Therefore tour operators and bus companies should consult the
official statutes and regulations where applicable or contact the authorities at the numbers provided. Motor
Coach Canada cannot be held responsible for any costs or damages incurred as a result of using this guide.
Passengers and drivers entering Canada by motor coach are subject to questioning and inspection by the Canada Border Services Agency.
Canada Customs officers and Citizenship & Immigration officers monitor and control the movement of individuals into Canada and work
to keep prohibited goods such as firearms and drugs out of the country. Additionally, Customs inspection and enforcement works in close
association with the commercial sector to help protect Canadian businesses.
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) was created on December 12, 2003. The CBSA brings together all the major players involved
in facilitating legitimate cross-border traffic and supporting economic development while stopping people and goods that pose a potential risk
to Canada. It integrates several key functions previously spread across three organizations: the Customs program from the Canada Customs
and Revenue Agency; the Intelligence, Interdiction and Enforcement program from Citizenship and Immigration Canada; and the Import
Inspection at Ports of Entry program from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
The CBSA's role is to manage the nation's borders by administering and enforcing about 75 domestic laws that govern trade and travel as
well as international agreements and conventions.
Reference Materials for Canada Customs
The CBSA provides a pamphlet called "Visitors to Canada and other Temporary Residents." This pamphlet is only an overview of the laws,
restrictions, and entitlements that affect visitors and seasonal residents. The legislation takes precedence and should be consulted for the
exact information. The information in this pamphlet was accurate at the time of publication. However, legislative provisions and requirements
can change at any time. This pamphlet can be obtained at www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/pub/bsf5082-eng.html.
Reference Material for Canada Immigration
Visit the Canada Citizenship & Immigration website at: www.cic.gc.ca.
Required Travel Documents to Enter Canada
Generally speaking, U.S. citizens must be able to provide proof of identification and citizenship. There are no specified documents per
se, although a birth certificate and other piece of government-issued photo ID is recommended (such as a health card, driver's licence, etc.)
Laminated birth certificates are discouraged and will only be accepted at the discretion of the officer. Photocopies of birth certificates may be
acceptable at the discretion of the officer; originals are preferred. An expired U.S. passport may also be acceptable. A U.S. Voter Registration
Card is not acceptable as proof of citizenship.
Minors (children under the age of 16) should bring identification showing who they are. It is advisable to carry a letter of authorization from
the parent of a minor child if travelling with a person other than the child's parent or guardian. Officers will frequently investigate to ensure the
child is leaving the U.S. with the parent's/guardian's consent. If entering Canada with a child and there is only one guardian, there should be
documentation showing the child has no other guardians. For school trips, schools in the U.S. normally issue form IAP-66 or I-20 to students
who are leaving the country and returning to the U.S. It is recommended for students to carry this form.
Restrictions on Visitors
Some visitors to Canada may be denied entry if they have a criminal record in the U.S. A person with a felony conviction in the U.S. may be
denied entry. Additionally, it is important to note that some types of misdemeanor convictions in the U.S. are considered felony convictions
under Canada's laws; for example, driving while impaired. It is advisable for persons who have a conviction on record to determine if they can
be admitted to Canada prior to arriving at the border. Some visitors to Canada who are citizens of countries other than the U.S. may require
visas as follows:
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