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Border Crossing

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When travelling to and from Niagara, Canada, we want you to be completely prepared. With Niagara bordering New York State, it is easy to travel back and forth for work or pleasure. This section is dedicated to helping you plan to cross the border, either into Canada or the United States, with ease. You can find information on everything from what documentation you will need, to duty free, to links to estimate wait times at each of our three bridges, Peace Bridge, Rainbow Bridge and Queenston-Lewiston Bridge (The fourth bridge, Whirlpool Bridge is for NEXUS pass holders only). Crossing the border can be easy when you are prepared.

New Requirements for Travelers from the United States

Since January 1, 2007, those traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda have been required to present a valid passport air NEXUS card, or U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Document due to regulations set forth by the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.

As of June 1, 2009, those traveling between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda by land, sea (including cruises and ferries) or air will be required to present a valid passport or other documents as determined by the Department of Homeland Security to cross the border.

Washington State residents can apply to have their driver's licenses enhanced, allowing for the use of a single, low-cost document for crossing the border between Canada and the US by land and sea. For more information, visit the Washington State Department of Licensing.

For more information on Canadian and American border requirements please visit:

Canada Border Services Agency

Border Wait Times

The border can often get backed up with traffic, especially on holidays or when large events are taking place. Please be sure to check the border wait times often and leave plenty of time for travel.

For border wait times for please visit, Canada Border Services Agency, Niagara Falls Bridge Commission

Duty Free- Entering Canada

There is a Duty Free store located at each of the bridges linking New York state and Niagara. Here you are offered a variety of items to purchase without the regulated duty or taxes that would be included in the destination you are travelling to. Limitations are set on certain items.

Alcoholic Beverages

Visitors arriving in Ontario who are 19 years of age or older may bring, duty and tax free, for personal use, either:

  • 1.5 litres (52.7oz) of wine, or
  • 1.14 litres (40oz) of liquor or spirits, or
  • 24 x 355ml (12oz) cans or bottles of beer, ale or their equivalent

 

Tobacco Products

Visitors arriving in Ontario who are 19 years of age or older may bring, duty and tax free, for personal use, either:

  • 200 cigarettes,
  • 50 cigars,
  • 200 grams  (7oz.) of manufactured tobacco, and
  • 200 tobacco sticks

Duty Free- Entering the United States

After a trip to Niagara, American residents returning to the United States after 48 hours can take back $800 (US) worth of merchandise, duty free, every 30 days.

Visitors returning to the United States may bring, duty and tax free, for personal use, either:

  • Daily exemptions of $200 US per day (includes partial alcohol and tobacco allowance)
  • After 48 hours: $800 US per person. This includes:
  • 1 litre (33.8 fl oz.) of alcohol (who are 21 years of age or older)
  • 200 (1 carton) cigarettes
  • 100 cigars (not of Cuban origin)

For more information on Duty Free and Customs please visit the following links:

US Customs

Canada Customs

Peace Bridge Duty Free

Niagara Duty Free

Queenston-Lewiston Duty Free

 

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