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Old 03-29-2012, 07:01 PM
Location: Camano Island, WA
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My sister and I were traveling with our parents in the summer of 2009 in Canada. We took a sleeping-car train up to Seattle, and another to Vancouver Pacific Railway station after a 1 night stop in Seattle. Before letting us into the country, they asked the usual questions. They weren't going to stamp off hand without asking, but we asked politely and the Canadian immigration officers stamped our passports. Vancouver train station customs is very friendly. They smiled a lot and they are used to having lots of people coming at once, followed by long periods of inactivity waiting for the next train.

I've been to Mexico (Baja) three times. The first was before the Western Travel Initiative so no passport was needed and I didn't own one. It was just a brief stroll across the border and back (I was in SD and I wanted to see what it was like). The other two times were the previous months of march ('10 and '11) when I went on a mission trip. We were in vans driven by people who cross all the time so their faces are known. the Mexican authorities just looked at our passports with no stamping involved. The first year they made us get out, the second not even. Mexican officials are more concerned about drugs or weapons. Of course, if I were to cross now alone, I'd ask.

Approaching Vancouver, there is fencing on both side of the tracks and if you are transfering to VIA (Canadian version of Amtrak, but nicer) you still have to go through customs. The only way to get to the other platforms is through Canadian security.

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Old 09-03-2013, 11:13 AM
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Default passport not stamped

my sister came from france through montreal to stay with me to the US for 3 months, we went back to montreal twice since and was hoping she could stay longer than 3 months in USA but they did not stamp her passport, how could she prove she actually went through the canadian border twice ?
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Old 09-03-2013, 12:33 PM
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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I don't see the issue in asking for the passport to be stamped. Just ask. Yeah, it's government property, but you can request them to poke a hole through it and void passport once it's expired, and then it's yours. I don't know what's up with the other posters getting annoyed over asking for a stamp. They're just border countrol people, and it's a reasonable request. You don't have to kiss their a** that much.
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Old 09-03-2013, 12:40 PM
Location: Stasis
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No need to stamp your passport - they just scan it or swipe it. US customs also scans your license plate and then your border crossing history comes up on a screen. On the southern border they even record license plates leaving the US.
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