Return 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.


Attention travellers

African swine fever can spread through contaminated food, clothing and footwear. Travellers must declare all animal and food products at the border - not doing so could result in fines of up to $1300. If you visit a farm or animals while travelling to a country that is infected with ASF, wash or dispose of all clothing and footwear work prior to re-entering Canada.

Find out how you can help keep African swine fever out of Canada.


What to know when you and your goods arrive at customs after 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

What to do if you are sick when or after you return to Canada

Moving back to Canada

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

Immigration (non-Canadian citizens)

Information for prospective Canadian citizens

Travelling to Canada

Information you need to visit, live, work or study in Canada

What we are doing


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.

Dual Canadian citizens: Fly to Canada with a valid CDN passport

Starting November 10, 2016, you will need a valid Canadian passport to board a flight to Canada.

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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