Customs and Immigration
American visitors crossing the border, either way, may be asked to verify their citizenship with documents such as a passport or a birth/baptismal certificate. Naturalized U.S. citizens should carry a naturalization certificate. Permanent U.S. residents who are not citizens are advised to bring their Alien Registration Receipt Card (Green Card). Citizens of other countries (except Greenland and residents of St. Pierre & Miquelon) must have a valid passport and some also require a visitor's visa.

Travellers under the age of 18 and unaccompanied by a parent need a letter of permission to travel in Canada from a parent or guardian that authorizes the person meeting them to take care of them while they are in Canada. The letter should also include the length of stay and the address and telephone numbers of the parents. Minor children travelling alone must have proof of citizenship. If you are traveling with children, you should carry identification for each child. Divorced parents who share custody of their children should carry copies of the legal custody documents.

Non-residents of Canada visiting Ontario are allowed to bring any reasonable amount of personal effects, a reasonable supply of food and a full tank of gas. REASONABLE MEANS ENOUGH FOR PERSONAL USE FOR THE LENGTH OF THE STAY. Please note that any unreasonable amounts are subject to duty.

Visitors can import gifts for friends into Canada duty and tax free as long as each gift is valued at $60 (Canadian Funds) or less. If the gift is worth more than $60 (Canadian Funds), you will have to pay duty and taxes on the excess amount. Alcoholic beverages, tobacco products or business-related material cannot be claimed as gifts.

Gift packages sent by mail should be plainly marked "UNSOLICITED GIFT" and the value should be indicated.
Gifts at more than $60 dollars Canadian funds are subject to duties and taxes on the excess amount.

For more information, please contact Canada Custom Services at (416) 973-8022 / 1-800-461-9999 or mail: Revenue Canada, Customs & Excise, Public Relations Branch, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0L5

Alcohol and Tobacco
As a visitor you may import, free of duty and taxes, the following amounts of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, as long as these items are in your possession when you arrive in Canada.

Alcoholic Beverages – Alcoholic beverages are products that exceed 0.5% alcohol by volume. Minimum ages for importation of alcoholic beverages, as prescribed by provincial or territorial authorities, are as follows: 19 years for Ontario.

You are allowed to import only one of the following amounts of alcoholic beverages free of duty and taxes:
- 1.5 litres (53 imperial ounces) or wine; or
- A total of 1.4 litres (40 ounces) of alcoholic beverages; or
- Up to 8.5 litres of beer or ale.

Tobacco Products – You are allowed to bring all of the following amounts of tobacco into Canada free of duty and taxes:
- 200 Cigarettes;
- 50 Cigars;
- 200 grams (7 ounces) of manufactured tobacco
- 200 tobacco sticks

Harmonized Sales Tax (HST)
The Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) is 13% in Ontario. It is collected by the federal government.

The Government of Canada enforces the Foreign Convention and Tour Incentive Program (FCTIP). It provides tax rebates on certain property and services used during conventions held in Canada, and on the accommodation portion of tour packages for non-residents. For more information, visit the Canada Revenue Agency Website.

Duty Free Shops
Motorists crossing the U.S. / Ontario border at 11 major points are able to enjoy duty-free shopping on the Ontario side for goods that are to be taken with them directly into the United States.

For information on the locations of these duty-free shops, please contact Ontario Tourism at 1-800-ONTARIO/(705) 725-7280. Please check ahead for hours of operation and holiday
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