posted on September 20, 2012 by Kara Johancsik
If you’re one of the lucky folks taking the Clipper from Seattle, ferrying in from Port Angeles or a nearby San Juan Island, or crossing the border at any other point, you’ll need to know what to do in order to cross the border as quickly and easily as possible.
Here’s what to do:
Usually, crossing the border is a relatively pain-free experience. You can check the wait times at U.S-Canada border crossings online to help plan your trip, and double check this site to see what you can and cannot bring into the country.
And while you’re in the planning mode, here are a few more things to keep in mind.
Remember to tell your bank where you’re going! U.S. debit cards won’t typically work in Canada unless you notify your bank ahead of time. And while at the bank, grab some Canadian cash. Although some vendors here in Victoria will accept U.S. dollars, it’s always handy to have the local currency on hand.
US Travellers entering the U.S. after staying in Canada between 24 and 48 hours can bring $200 USD worth of merchandise back into the United States without paying duty. This includes 150 milliliters (5 fl. oz.) of alcoholic beverage. If you stay in Canada over 48 hours, you can $800 USD back, and 1 liter of alcohol 33.8 fl. oz), or 1 case of beer. Find out more details here!