Bonjour new immigrants! This is the day you have been waiting for, the last leg of the journey -- crossing the border. This post outlines the documents you need to prepare.
Prepare your documents with care
There are documents you must have to cross the border into Canada. Without these documents, we won’t allow you into the country.
You may also need many of the other documents listed below. Have your important documents translated into English or French before you arrive to make it easier for people in Canada to understand them.
To enter Canada, you’ll need:
Don’t pack these documents in your luggage. Keep them with you at all times.
Settler’s effects list
Before you arrive, you should prepare two copies of a list (preferably typed) of all the goods you plan to bring into Canada as. The list should:
Give this list to the border services officer when you first get to Canada, even if you aren’t bringing in any goods at that time.
You can make the process easier by filling out a BSF186, Personal Effects Accounting Documents form before you travel and giving it to the officer when you arrive.
Disclosure of funds
Tell a Canadian official when you arrive in Canada if you’re carrying more than CAN $10,000. If you don’t, you may be fined, and your funds could be seized.
These funds could be in the form of:
Find out more about your duty to disclose funds either before you leave or once you arrive in Canada.
Children in Canada are vaccinated (immunized) starting when they are newborns. Vaccinations help to prevent serious infections or diseases.
When you travel to Canada, bring official documents that state what vaccinations you and your family have already had. If you or your child hasn’t been vaccinated, call your doctor or local public health clinic right away.
Other documents you may need include:
Customs declaration card
Before you arrive in Canada, you may be asked to complete a Customs Declaration Card. Complete this card before meeting with customs and immigration officials, even if you aren’t a Canadian citizen.
If you’re traveling by air, it’s a good idea to complete the card before you leave the airplane.
What to Declare
Use the Customs Declaration Card to declare what you’re bringing into Canada, including any:
Declare all items
If you don’t tell an official that you’re carrying items or money that should be declared, you may be fined or put in prison.
For more information, contact the Canada Border Services Agency.
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