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MCC AAC MOTOR COACH CANADA L’ASSOCIATION DES AUTOCARISTES CANADIENS Information for Visitors to Canada Arriving by Motor Coach Border Crossing 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 Customs Information for Visitors to Canada and Seasonal 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 Reference material for Canada Immigration Visit the Canada Citizenship & Immigration web site at: 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 license, 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. The 2009 Canadian Tour Planner & Operator Guide 15

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Tour & Travel Canada 2009

Tour & Travel Canada 2009
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 Rule
Border Crossing Information for Visitors to Canada Arriving by Motor Coach
Canadian Immigration and Customs Contact Numbers and General Information
American Drivers and Tour Directors Working in Canada
Parks Canada National Parks and Historic Sites of Canada
Manitoba Lotteries
British Columbia Lotteries
Distances Between Major Cities
Tour Operator Listings
Coach Operator Listings
Feature: Going Green Why Motorcoach Travel is Good for Your Wallet—and Our Planet!
Welcome to Canada
Prince Edward Island
Nova Scotia
New Brunswick
Newfoundland & Labrador
British Columbia
Yukon, Northwest Territories & Nunavut
Welcome to the United States
U.S. New England
U.S. Middle Atlantic
U.S. South
U.S. Midwest
U.S. Southwest
U.S. West

Tour & Travel Canada 2009