Customs and eTA

Customs and eTA

Usually, the customs inspection process is quick and easy.

Here are the basic steps to follow.

Fill out the customs declaration card that is delivered to you at the check-in desk of your flight to Canada or on board the plane.The customs declaration card asks for information about you, your travels and the objects you are going to enter the country. Up to four people can fill out the same customs declaration card.

When you arrive in Canada, follow the signs and go to the first checkpoint, called the Initial Inspection.

At the Initial Inspection, a Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) immigration officer will examine your travel documents, the customs declaration card, and ask you questions about your visit to Canada, previous trips, and the items you are going to enter the country.

Some of the questions that can be asked are:

  • What is the purpose of your trip?
  • How long will you stay?
  • Where are you going to stay?
  • What do you do?
  • Do you have anything to declare?

After going through the Initial Inspection, go to the baggage claim area for international arrivals and pick up the checked baggage.

Once your luggage is picked up, go to a secondary inspection point on the CBSA, present the customs declaration card to the official, and pay the fees that you request if applicable.

The CBSA official will ask questions about the items that will enter the country, but if he is not convinced it is possible that they will be taken to a second inspection area where they may be checked for luggage.

When you have finished the procedure, go to the exit and you will be able to leave the airport.
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