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Old 03-27-2008, 08:15 PM
Location: Nebraska
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I was just wondering what the procedure is for crossing into Canada from the U.S. Has anyone done this recently? We have new passports and I was wondering if they just look at your passport, welcome you and send you on your way or if they use your passport to check background, etc. We are hoping going to Alaska soon. We are planning on taking the route from Montana. Any info. would be appreciated.
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Old 03-27-2008, 08:33 PM
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Sometimes they will inspect your car. And yes, especially after the increased security after 9-11 and the exchange of information between governments many people with "misdemeanors" as as DUI conviction in the US, have been turned away.
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Old 03-27-2008, 09:02 PM
Location: Vancouver, BC
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Generally you get to the border (and depending on the crossing, there may be a rather lengthly line up of cars ahead of you). They'll then ask you your citizenship, where you're from, where you're going, if you have any _________ with you. How long you're going for. Why you're going there. And then you're often on your way. And during this, they'll ask to see your passport, which will prove your citizenship. Or if they feel like it, they won't ask for your passport if they can see it in your hand.

Or... if they're suspicious about your answers or you're giving them a hard time, or if you're joking around with your answers, they can interrigate you further and further until they're satisfied that you're entering the country on legal grounds and that you're not trying to illegally enter the country, smuggle something in, etc.

However, I'd count on the former happening, not the latter.

The general rule is to just answer their questions. No small talk. No joking around. They take everything very seriously. Be brief but honest. Don't lie.
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Old 03-28-2008, 03:34 AM
Location: Royalton, NB
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This question really depends. For example, the boarder crossing I use often is about 2km from my house. US customs and Canada customs both reconize me and I do not get asked many questions. Also my family is part of the Nexus program witch speeds the process up quite a bit (even in non nexus boarder crossings, I find I do not have to awsner 100 questions about where I work, where I live ,etc.. mostly just get asked the purpose of my visit and the lenghth)

O and about passports.. I have never once been asked for proof of citizenship by Canada Customs, I am not sure if they are asking US citizens for passports or not...
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