Procedure for crossing Canadian Border from US

Discussion in 'Canada' started by eburrell, Jun 29, 2004.

  1. eburrell

    eburrell Hoka Hey

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    Pre-apologies if this in wrong thread.

    I have crossed over the border with my car and nothing was aked for - is it the same with a motorcycle - what should I have on me other than my license and maybe passport?
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  2. kildala2000

    kildala2000 The GS Store.

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    Picture ID and birth certificate. No guns or weapons.

    Simple and easy.

    Ride Safe.
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  3. sippled

    sippled 2003 R1150GS Adventure

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  4. 1150Anchor

    1150Anchor Happiness is a warm wife

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    Make sure you have proof of insurance as well as proper ID's. I know people who have been given a hard time with the standard insurance ID card. Your insurance company, agent can give you a "Canadian proof of insurance card". Post 9/11 is a bit more stringent in border crossing.
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  5. SQD8R

    SQD8R Eat squids and be merry

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    Picture ID and birth cert. or failing that combo a valid passport if you are US citizen. If not a US citizen then a resident alien card , valid of course, or applicable passport with an applicable visa for Canada. For the bike a valid insurance card is good but a copy of the title would be excellent and overkill essentially. Take off your sun glasses and helmet (if full face non-flip type) and shut off the motorcycle when you ride up. If travelling in a group come up one at a time. Know the usual who, what, where, when and why answers for customs. All of this isn't necessary but it will get you through easier than not doing it.
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  6. Guzz

    Guzz Gutless wonder

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    Just ride REALLY fast and give the guards an Adventure rider salute as you go fly by. :lol3 Shouldn't be any issues, they know us asulym members and all our license plate numbers.
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  7. AntWare

    AntWare Lost In Translation

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    Do NOT, I repeat, Do NOT use this method when crossing onto Mexico. :D



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  8. johnjen

    johnjen Now, even more NOW!…

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    yes this thread does belong elsewhere.... hmmmm, lets pick regional forums Great White North

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  9. Guzz

    Guzz Gutless wonder

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    Bullshit, if you're going into Mexico from the US, they couldn't give a shit. Ride fast, ride hard.

    It's when coming out of Mexico, takes a bit more skill. You have stand on your seat and moon the guards while you give the proper salute as you fly past. This meets the cavity search requirements, btw :lol3
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  10. pilot

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    Hey, now. Leaving Texas last January, I was stopped by U.S. customs on the US side. I was asked about what I was taking into Mexico.
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  11. (sp?)

    (sp?) flaming ahole ;)

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    depends a lot upon your citizenship. A group of us came back from riding in Canada and crossed at Patterson, Wa. (the place where border guards get real lonely)

    Most of us were US citizens, but one was Canadian with a US work visa. The guard was asking all kinds of questions about his bike: a Du What? (916 Ducati)

    Meanwhile, in the luggage of my BMW several liters of adult beverage were safely resting.

    You'll want all your moto papers, plus proof of citizenship. A passport is your best bet here for US citizens.

    Go figure...
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  12. MattS

    MattS Been here awhile

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    Heading into Québec from New York last year I was briefly stopped on the US side by a nice man with an M16. The usual questions ... this is something new ... I've been riding/driving into Canada for 10 years without an exit interrogation.
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  13. scratchypants

    scratchypants Loathes the impolite

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    Coming back from Americade a couple of weeks ago, my bother-in-law and I were stopped side-by-side answering the usual questions (citizenship? how long were you gone, etc). He starts freakin' out - shaking his head, waving his arms all over the place and finally ripping off his helmet. The guard was a bit taken aback and I thought "oh great, here we go." Turns out he had a moth in his helmet. The guard was laughing so hard, she just waved us through. Give it a whirl?

    Seriously though - and I'll probably catch hell for this - avoid the female guard when possible. It has been my experience that she will go out of her way to make sure you understand who is in charge.
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  14. Hippiessuck

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    Just don't bring tobacco or alcohol accross, the our Canadian government will tax you on it. Don't bring any cash greater than teh thousande bucks (haha I know, thats a really good one).
    Leave your firearms at home.
    Leave your ugly sister at home.

    Just make sure you are honest with them. Most border guys coming into Canada are pretty decent. Although I think the AMerican border guards are a bit more uptight. ALL this BS about the war on "terror" and the "evil-doers" is making the border situation on the US side a bit invasive to say the least.
    If I was an American coming home to the US I would be more concerned about Getting back into the US... seriously.

    Patriot act my ASS!!!
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  15. Hippiessuck

    Hippiessuck Banned

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  16. kodiakfrank

    kodiakfrank Gloria's Cheerleader

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    Just remember when crossing the boarder into The Peoples Republic Of Cananda, if it is fun or may lead to a good time, leave it at home. bunch of socialist fucks.

    CANANDA= SPEED BUMP BETWEEN ALASKA AND THE LOWER 48
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  17. creeper

    creeper Still alive...

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    The methods for Mexico and Canada are almost the same... except for Mexico you will need to... duck :2guns
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  18. kodiakfrank

    kodiakfrank Gloria's Cheerleader

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    Actually, I was refering to alcohol and/or tobacco products and your left leaning government. In response to your comment, I may not agree with your government and it's laws, but, when in your country I fully abide by it's laws. With that said, as a responsible and law abiding citizen, I would be distrustful of any political figure or government that is afraid of my owning firearms. Additionally, I know precisely where my each and every one of my firearms are located.
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  19. Dawntreader

    Dawntreader Tim Horton's or bust

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    Know your lisences plate number, the cameras don't normally pick them up and it pisses the rent-a-cop off to have to get out of his booth. Also, if you pack everything so that it falls all over the ground when he asks you to open a hard case, chances are he'll take pity on you and let you go without any more questions. Oh, if you shop at Canadian Tire and have the Can-o-tools don't carry it with you, mine has Budwieser on it. Cross in the evenings, it get pretty hot waiting in the line at noon, especially if your bike is air cooled. Know the route you're taking. Thats about all I can think of.
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  20. R-1150-RS

    R-1150-RS Long timer

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    Just as your side gets uptight about terrorists, ours gets uptight about guns.

    The biggest source of the relatively small (but significant) number of guns smuggled across our border is the US. Although our gun crime rates are significantly lower than in the US, these smuggled guns account for a disproportionate number of the guns that are used to commit crime in our country.

    I think we are justified in continuing to ensure that our gun crime numbers stay low.

    Gary
    :) :)

    Added in edit: - I would like to confirm the previous post that you are more likely to be detained returning to the US than leaving it.

    Make sure that you have all your identification in order and don't pick up any hitch-hikers named Ossama or Mohammed!

    Gary
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