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Taking your RV to Canada

Last Updated: 01.12.22


Offering convenience and a genuine opportunity to see more of the world, taking your RV to Canada can be done easily as many north and south major highways and interstates lead straight to the border of Canada. Travel with all the comforts of home in your RV minus the hassles. Bear in mind, though, that crossing the border entails some preparation.

Never forget to bring proof of your identity and citizenship, as well as for your children. This can be a driver’s license or a government-issued card that bears your photo. The ideal proof of citizenship is a passport, although you won’t need a visa to cross the border. Other alternatives include a birth certificate. Naturalized US citizens should carry a certificate for this purpose, while alien permanent residents in the US must show their Green Card.

1.Taking your RV to Canada


Divorced individuals with split custody of their kids should have copies of the legal custody documents on hand. For adults travelling with kids who are not their own, a notarized written permission or letter of consent from the guardians or parents for supervision of the children should be ready, which declares with whom the children are traveling, the destination and the duration of travel.

For pets, a certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian is needed and should identify the pet and certify that it has been given rabies vaccination within the previous three years. Seeing eye dogs are allowed through the border minus any restrictions.

The personal or duty-free exemption applies to up to $800 worth of goods brought back to the US from Canada. More than that and you’ll have to pay duty tax on the excess goods. If the goods are to be presents or are for household or personal use, the duty-free exemptions apply when you travel back to the US with them so those items that are to be sent later are not included here.

One important thing to remember is not to be in a rush to explain every detail about the goods you are bringing with you, but be aware that there are risks to incomplete disclosure. It can be mighty tempting to bring a few excess items back with you from your trip without declaring them. You can push the limits of the personal exemptions. Or you can declare the extras and pay the duties. If you decide to push it, try to describe dollar values with words such as ‘around’, ‘about’ or ‘approximately’ if you are just above the personal exemption limits. In other words, develop ‘creative vocabulary’. Ditch the receipts and shopping bags and remove the tags.

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If you’re searched and the agent finds something you haven’t declared, it’s most likely that you’ll be delayed and you’ll have to pay the duty. Custom Controls do implement certain limitations and restrictions on goods bought in Canada and brought back to the US, so make sure you do research on them prior to your trip.
Don’t drive too quickly or slowly up to the checkpoint.If you own the RV, be ready to show proof of ownership, and this includes valid tags and the registration and insurance documents. A rented vehicle or a borrowed one will require you to bring a copy of the rental contract or a notarized letter certifying you have permission to drive the vehicle into Canada. A US driver’s license is valid for travel. It is always sensible to check out the laws in the Canadian provinces you will be traveling to, as each one of them has slightly varying regulations and laws, while in Quebec, traffic signs are in French.