What can I bring to Canada

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Travelers to Canada must make various preparations for their trip. For example, it is necessary to apply for a Canada eTA online, a digital travel authorization that is linked to the passport. In addition, it is recommended that you check import and other customs regulations before leaving.

Leisure and business travelers traveling to Canada are not allowed to bring everything in their luggage. Certain products have a maximum number or a maximum weight or content. Special guidelines apply to (former) residents of Canada. The rules and requirements described in this article apply only to travelers who are not (or have ever lived) in Canada.

Allowed to import into Canada

Bringing personal luggage to Canada is no problem at all. However, there are some products and items that have restrictions, including tobacco, alcohol, certain foods, animals, and valuable gifts. It is recommended that you carry a European Emergency Identification Card that contains medication, conditions, and doctor's contact information.

Alcohol and tobacco
Travelers are permitted to import a maximum of 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 200 grams of tobacco per person, provided the traveler is over 18 or 19 years of age (depending on the province in Canada to which he / she is traveling). As far as alcoholic beverages are concerned, 40 ounces of spirits (equivalent to 1.14 liters), 51 ounces of wine (1.5 liters) and 288 ounces of beer or ale (8.5 liters) may be imported into the country by travelers over 18 or 19 years of age .

Certain foods are prohibited from entering Canada. An import restriction applies to meat, eggs, honey, fruit, vegetables and dairy products. However, these products are allowed to be taken from the USA. Cheese can be taken with you (maximum 20 kilos), provided that it is intended for personal consumption.

Only birds from the USA can be brought into Canada without an additional permit. Birds from all other countries, regardless of the species, are only allowed with a special permit (import permit). Cats and dogs from countries where rabies is prevalent can be imported with a valid vaccination record (in English or French) showing that the animal has recently been vaccinated against rabies. Cats and dogs from non-rabies countries can be imported if they are accompanied by a certificate (in English or French) stating that the country has not had rabies in the past six months, or if a certificate of vaccination is attached .

Gifts brought into Canada cannot have a value of more than 60 Canadian dollars each. Travelers are allowed to bring more than one gift as long as they are individually worth no more than 60 Canadian dollars.

It is recommended to carry a European Emergency Card (ENA) with you, which contains the medication use, illnesses and the doctor's contact details. This pass is available in many pharmacies and from the Bundesanzeiger Verlag.

For certain medications that fall under the Opium Act, a medical certificate must be requested before departure. Start applying for this declaration in good time. In addition, it is recommended that you take the medication with you in its original packaging with a label so that it is easy to see that it is a medication and not an anesthetic.

Allowed to export from Canada

Less strict rules apply to the export of products from Canada. Travelers are allowed to bring an unlimited amount of tobacco and alcoholic beverages from Canada. Canadian dollars can be exported up to CAD 10,000. Amounts of more than 10,000 CAD must be declared.

Apply for an eTA for Canada

In addition to the baggage to be imported, the Canadian border protection authorities also check whether the travelers are in possession of a valid Canada eTA. Travelers are checked by the airline before departure. Airlines carrying passengers without a valid eTA or a Canadian visa may be fined by the Canadian authorities. You should therefore apply for the Canada eTA in good time, preferably a few weeks before departure. Although applications are processed in an average of 3 days, in exceptional situations it may take longer to approve an application, such as when the Canadian Immigration Service conducts a comprehensive sample check.