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Return to Canada

 

Sadly, your trip is over and you have to return home. Hopefully, you’ll be in good health and your trip was one of the best vacations in your life.  You also did some shopping for souvenirs, and you found that special decoration item that you’ve been looking for. Be aware of the following before entering and once you have arrived in Canada.

Your Health...
health 2If you are suffering from a communicable disease upon your return to Canada, have been in close contact with someone with a communicable disease or have been bitten by an animal, you are obligated to inform a border services officer or a quarantine officer, who will determine if you require further assessment.

 

If you’ve been ill while travelling or have become ill after returning to Canada, inform a Canadian doctor that you’ve been abroad, where you were and what, if any, treatment or medical care you received (e.g. medications, blood transfusions, injections, dental care or surgery).

What can you bring back to Canada?
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Absence of 24 hours or more

You can claim up to CAN$200 worth of goods without paying any duties. You must have the goods with you when you arrive in Canada and you cannot include tobacco products or alcoholic beverages. If the goods you bring in are worth more than CAN$200, you cannot claim this exemption, you have to pay full duties on all goods you bring in.

 

Absence of 48 hours or more

You can claim up to CAN$800 worth of goods without paying any duties. You must have the goods with you when you arrive in Canada. Although you can include some tobacco products and alcoholic beverages, a partial exemption may apply to cigarettes, tobacco products and manufactured tobacco. See the sections below: “Alcoholic beverages” and “Tobacco products”.

 

Absence of 7 days or more

You can claim up to CAN$800 worth of goods without paying any duties. Although you can include some tobacco products and alcoholic beverages, a partial exemption may apply to cigarettes, tobacco products and manufactured tobacco. See the sections below: “Alcoholic beverages” and “Tobacco products”. With the exception of tobacco products and alcoholic beverages, you don’t need to have the goods with you when you arrive.

 

Alcoholic beverages

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You are allowed to import only one of the following amounts of alcohol free of duty and taxes:

– 1.5 litres (53 imperial ounces) of wine;

– a total of 1.14 litres (40 ounces) of alcoholic beverages; or

up to a maximum of 8.5 litres of beer or ale.

 

 

Tobacco products

tobaccoIf you are 18 years of age or over, you are allowed to bring in all of the following amounts of tobacco into Canada free of duty and taxes within your personal exemption:

  • 200 cigarettes;
  • 50 cigars;
  • 200 grams (7 ounces) of manufactured tobacco; and;
  • 200 tobacco sticks.



Other goods
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There are other restrictions for certain goods such as all weapons and firearms, explosives, fireworks, certain types of ammunition, passenger cars, pickup trucks, camper trucks, vans, jeeps, chassis cabs, motorcycles, snowmobiles and motor homes, as long as you use them for non-commercial purposes.

 

Some items cannot be brought to Canada. These are consumer products that could pose a danger to the public (e.g. baby walkers, jequirity beans that are often found in art or bead work), all food, plants, animals, and related products. Food can carry disease, such as E. coli. You cannot import prohibited goods, such as obscene material, hate propaganda and child pornography. Also, you cannot import used or second-hand mattresses into Canada unless you have a certificate that verifies the mattresses have been cleaned and fumigated in the country of export.

 

For more detailed information, please consult the Canada Border Services Agency website. Click here.

 

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