How Do You Cross the Border Between the U.S. and Canada?


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Crossing the border into Canada by car involves driving through a checkpoint, presenting a passport or proof of United States citizenship (such as a birth certificate or U.S. Permanent Resident Card ) and answering questions from a border agent. The questions may regard why you are entering Canada, where you are going and how long you are staying, much like a customs checkpoint in an airport. You must declare food/animal products/plants, weapons/firearms, alcohol, tobacco and explosives/ammunition to the border agent.

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How Do You Cross the Border Between the U.S. and Canada?
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It is illegal to carry more than a certain amount of controlled substances, though the amounts vary by product, as of 2015. No more than two bottles of wine, one standard bottle of liquor, 24 cans/bottles of beer, 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars are allowed across the border without being subject to an importation tax.

Ezbordercrossing.com is a good resource for finding border portals between the United States and Canada. Each port has its own page on the site with information about the physical port (for example, whether or not there are express lanes), typical daily traffic volumes, hours of operation and telephone numbers for Border Services. The site also maintains a Projected Wait Times map with time tables of expected border delays for each day of the year at each portal.

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