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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. Also, 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 among 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.pdf.
Reference Material for Canada Immigration
Visit the Canada Citizenship & Immigration website at: www.cic.gc.ca/.
Required Travel Documents to Enter Canada
Generally speaking, US citizens must be able to provide proof of identiﬁcation and citizenship. There are no speciﬁed documents per se, however, 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 US passport may also be acceptable. A US 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 US 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 US normally issue form IAP-66 or I-20 to students who are leaving the country and returning to the US. 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 US. A person with a felony conviction in the US may be denied entry. Also, it is important to note that some types of misdemeanor convictions in the US 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 US may require Visas as follows:
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Tour & Travel Canada 2012
Message from the Chairman of the Management Board of Motor Coach Canada
Canadian Provincial/Territorial Carrier Requirements and Contact Information
Provincial Tourism Marketing Offices
Driver Hours of Service Rules
U.S. Passport Rules
Border Crossing Information for Visitors to Canada Arriving by Motor Coach
Canadian Immigration and Customs Contact Numbers and General Information
American Drivers & Tour Directors Working in Canada
Parks Canada – Canada’s National Parks, Historic Sites and Marine Conservation Areas
British Columbia Lotteries
Distances Between Major Cities
Tour Operator Listings
Coach Operator Listings
Welcome to Canada
Prince Edward Island
Newfoundland & Labrador
Yukon, Northwest Territories & Nunavut
Welcome to the United States
U.S. New England
U.S. Middle Atlantic
Tour & Travel Canada 2012