The customs inspection process is typically simple and straightforward.
The basic customs steps are listed below.
- Fill out a Declaration Card that is given to you when you check-in for your flight to Canada or onboard your airline.
The Declaration Card asks information about you, your travels and the items you are bringing into the country.
Up to four people can be included in the same Declaration Card.
- After arrival in Canada you should follow the signs and head to the first check point, which is called Primary Inspection.
- In the Primary Inspection an immigration officer from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will inspect your travel documents, Declaration Card and will ask you some questions about your visit to Canada and previous travel and the items you are bringing into the country.
Some of the questions you may be asked include:
- What is the purpose of your trip?
- How long do you intend to stay?
- Where will you be staying?
- What is your occupation?
- Do you have anything to declare?
- After clearing the Primary Inspection check point you must proceed to the international arrival baggage area and claim your checked baggage.
- After picking up your baggage you will head to a secondary check point of the CBSA and you will present your Declaration Card and pay any duties if required.
- A CBSA officer will ask you questions about what you are bringing into the country and if they have any questions they may require you to go to a secondary screening area where your baggage can be inspected.
After you have cleared this area you will exit the area and be able to leave the airport.