Tips for crossing the border this long weekend

While the Canadian Border Services Agency says it's prepared for an increase in traffic this Labour Day long weekend, it's also offering some tips on how to make crossing over smoother.

Large volume of traffic expected at the border this weekend

The Canada Border Services Agency says people should remember things such as their proper I.D. and receipts when crossing over. (Jason Kryk/Canadian Press)

While the Canadian Border Services Agency says it's prepared for an increase in traffic this Labour Day long weekend, it's offering some tips to help travellers make crossing the Canada-U.S. border smoother.

4 way to make border crossing faster

  • don't forget proper I.D. such as a passport, NEXUS card, enhanced driver's license
  • children under the age of 16 can use their original birth certificate if they don't have the above I.D. 
  • for children travelling without their parents or legal guardian a letter of permission has to be provided at the border along with parental contact information
  • plan ahead an check border wait time, especially with expected increased volumes this weekend 

5 way to make declaring goods easier 

  • have your receipts ready to go at the border 
  • after being away for 24 hours you can bring back tax and duty free goods valued at $200 Canadian 
  • after being away for 48 hours you can bring back tax and duty free goods valued at $800 Canadian 
  • there are no exemptions for same-day cross-border shopping trips, be prepared to pay HST and possible duty
  • be aware of what goods are not allowed across the border including certain foods, plants and animal products