Canada is America’s neighbor to the north. It is a beautiful place with plenty of things to see and do, with vast mountains, snowy terrain, and beautiful landscapes. Many Americans like to visit Canada each year and spend some time there for a vacation or to sightsee. While Canada is part of North America, there are still some requirements that US citizens must abide by in order to enter the country.
First, a valid passport is needed to come into the nation of Canada. Passports must have photo identification along with other information such as: your name, birth date, social security number, and other items. Passports are valid for approximately ten years from the date of issue, so if you already have one, be sure it is still valid. Invalid passports will be denied. The Canadian Border Service determines whether or not a visitor can enter into the country, and can decide to deny entry at their discretion. If you travel to Canada, having a good travel insurance policy is recommended in case you lose your belongings, money, or identification. There are some instances where people without a passport can still be allowed access into Canada.
If you do not have a passport, a valid US driver’s license, birth certificate, and your expired passport are required, if you have one. These must all be original documents and copies will not be accepted. Visas are not required, unless you plan to stay in Canada longer than 180 days. People with criminal charges cannot enter Canada unless a proper waiver is obtained. Children under sixteen must show proof of US citizenship, and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Proof of guardianship must be provided along with identification such as a birth certificate. Live plants and animals cannot be brought into Canada from the United States, and vice versa. Of course, firearms cannot be brought in unless a special permit is shown. It is a good idea to get some travel medical insurance in case you get sick or injured while out of the country. This insurance will help to cover any medical expenses you incur while on your trip. Making sure you have all of the necessary documents in advance will help to ensure a smooth and much faster entry into the country of Canada. Once you’re there, enjoy all of the wonderful culture and beauty that Canada has to offer.