Returning to Canada

Every year, millions of Canadian citizens return to Canada from abroad. Make your re-entry safe and easy - here is all you need to know about going through customs, the process for re-entering Canada, what to do if you are sick, and information on U.S. border wait times.



Overview of everything you need to know when you and your goods arrive at customs on returning from travelling abroad.

U.S. to Canada border wait times

Regularly updated list of wait times at border crossing points for drivers coming to Canada from the U.S.

If you get sick after travelling

Health information for Canadians who are ill when they come back to Canada or once they have returned.

Moving back to Canada

Links to the provincial and territorial government resources you need to move back to Canada.

Immigration (non-Canadian citizens)

Information for prospective Canadian citizens.

Travelling to Canada

Are you interested in travelling to Canada to visit, or to live, work or study? Here is the information you need to know before you arrive.

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US to Canada border wait times

A regularly updated list of wait times at border ports of entry for drivers coming to Canada from the U.S.

Personal exemptions mini-guide

Popular items you can bring into Canada under your personal exemption based on the length of time you have been abroad.

What you can bring back to Canada

General guidelines on what you can and cannot bring into Canada when you return from abroad.

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