To help you cross Canadian borders with minimum hassle, we’ve provided basic travel tips plus a direct link to the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency.
Where are the border crossings located, and what are their hours?
Click here for a Saskatchewan border crossing directory. If you cannot locate the information you require, please contact the Border Information Service (BIS) at 1-800-461-9999.
What documentation do U.S. citizens require to enter Canada?
When you enter Canada from abroad, a passport and a valid visa may be required. If you are a citizen of the United States, you do not need a passport to enter Canada; however, air travelers from the U.S. require a passport or other secure document to return home by air as by the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). If you are arriving by land, you should carry proof of your citizenship such as a birth certificate, certificate of citizenship or naturalization or a Certificate of Indian Status, as well as a photo ID. If you are a permanent resident of the United States, you must bring your permanent resident card (i.e. green card) with you.
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What documentation is to re-enter the United States?
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) is a U.S. law that requires all travellers, including U.S. and Canadian citizens, to present a valid passport or other approved secure document when entering the United States from within the western hemisphere.
When entering the United States by land or water, Canadian citizens are to present one of the following valid documents: a passport, a NEXUS card, a Free and Secure Trade (FAST) card or an enhanced driver's licence/enhanced identification card or a Secure Certificate of Indian Status (when this certificate is available and approved by the United States).
Canadian citizens flying to the United States must present a valid passport to confirm their citizenship and identity. A NEXUS card is also acceptable when using a self-serve kiosk located in the pre-clearance area at designated Canadian airports.
The Government of Canada continues to recommend that Canadian citizens carry a valid Canadian passport for all visits abroad, including visits to the United States. A passport is the only universally-accepted identification document, and it proves that you have a right to return to Canada. To find out how to obtain a Canadian passport, visit Passport Canada's Web site (www.passportcanada.gc.ca).
Members of the NEXUS program are still to carry appropriate documentation when travelling into Canada by air in addition to their NEXUS card. Click here for more information.
For more information on WHTI, visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
For more information on visiting Canada, visit the Canada Border Services Agency.
What documentation do U.S. Citizens not born in the United States require?
U.S. visitors not born in the United States should carry their Certificate of Naturalization and permanent residents should also bring their Green Card. Temporary residents of the U.S. must carry a passport and may also require a Visa, depending on their country of citizenship.
Who needs a Visa to enter Canada?
Citizens from abroad are to show a valid passport in order to enter Canada; some may require a Visa. Go to Citizenship and Immigration Canada for a list of countries and territories whose citizens require Visas.
What documentation is needed for children visiting Canada?
Adults travelling with children must carry identification for each child (a Birth Certificate for American citizens, a passport for citizens of other countries). Divorced parents with shared custody rights and non-custodial parents should carry legal documents establishing their status; a notarized letter authorizing the child to travel with that parent is a requirement. Unaccompanied children should carry a letter of permission from their parents or legal guardian.
Visit the Canada Border Services Agency website for detailed information related to visiting Canada.
Like our neighbours in the United States, Canada’s monetary system is based on dollars and cents. Visitors are advised to exchange their currency for Canadian dollars. This can be done at most banks or at foreign currency exchange outlets, which are often located in airport departure areas. Currency Converter
Traveller’s cheques and credit cards are accepted at most commercial establishments, banks and currency exchange offices. Banking hours are generally 9:30 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday, and some banks are open Saturdays. Automated teller machines (ATMs) are available 24 hours per day, and are typically connected with the Interac, Cirrus and/or Plus networks. They are found at banks, retail areas and in many cases at special event venues. ATMs offer the same rate of exchange to be found at traditional banking and exchange institutions. Most businesses also accept direct debit payments.
Provincial Sales Tax (PST)
Businesses collect 5 % Provincial Sales Tax (PST) on taxable goods and services in Saskatchewan. Some goods are exempt from the PST, including:
- food and drink
- books, magazines and newspapers
- children’s clothing and footwear
- beer, wine and spirits (see Liquor Consumption Tax below)
Non-residents are to pay PST on all goods that are purchased in Saskatchewan. Refunds are not available for non-residents who remove goods purchased in Saskatchewan.
Good and Services Tax (GST)
In addition to the PST, the federal government charges a five per cent Goods & Services Tax (GST) on most purchases. For more information on the GST visit Canada Revenue Agency.
- 10% Liquor Consumption Tax on beer, wine and spirits
- some hotels charge a levy - check at time of reservation