CANPASS – Private boats

The Canada Border Services Agency’s CANPASS – Private boats program allows CANPASS permit holders who wish to enter Canada aboard private boats from the United States to receive pre-authorized customs clearance.

Eligibility information

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • be citizens or permanent residents of Canada, or citizens or resident aliens of the United States
  • have no criminal record (or have been granted a pardon)
  • have had no record of a customs seizure within the past five years
  • have never been charged with a violation of customs or immigration legislation
  • be admissible to Canada under immigration laws

Other criteria may apply.

Application information

  • Completed application forms must be submitted to a CANPASS - Private Boats customs processing centre and must include the non-refundable fee as well as photocopies of an official proof of citizenship or permanent residence.
  • Application Form

Financial information

  • There is a $40 fee for each applicant 18 years of age or older.
  • There is a fee of $25 for each application for a temporary authorization to accompany a CANPASS membership cardholder.

Contact information

  • General Inquiries: 1 888 CANPASS (1-888-226-7277) (Reporting of arrival)
  • General Inquiries: 1-800-461-9999 (Border Information Service)
  • TTY: 1-800-665-0354

Related information

  • The boat operator may call CANPASS up to four hours before his arrival in Canada and must provide details on the trip, the passengers, the crew and the boat.
  • CANPASS permits are valid for five years and are not transferable.
  • All travellers aboard the boat, including the crew, have to be CANPASS program members.
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