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Arrival Into Canada

Dalhousie Yacht Club is considered a marine port of entry that private pleasure craft operators may report to when returning to or visiting Canada.


In order to prepare for your arrival in Canada you need to make sure you have downloaded the ArriveCAN app.  All travelers with limited exception must use ArriveCAN when entering Canada. For first-time users, you will enter your email address and create a password. You will then receive a 6-digit verification code that will allow you to complete your account set-up, which should take about 10-15 minutes. 


Within the 72 hours immediately prior to your arrival in Canada, you must upload the following into ArriveCAN:


Travel Documentation ~ You can upload your travel documentation such as 

your passport, FAST card, NEXUS card, your enhanced driver's license, etc. 


If you are using the app, there is optional travel document scanning technology that will allow you to easily and quickly upload your information.


Contact Information and Travel Details ~ This includes contact information for you and anyone else traveling with you, the purpose of your travel 

(business, discretionary, education, etc.), and travel details (date and time of 

arrival, port of entry, etc.) and

Vaccination Information.


At this time only fully vaccinated travelers (with few exceptions) are allowed into Canada. A fully vaccinated traveler is anyone that has received at least two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine or at least one dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine. For two-dose vaccines, the second dose must be received at least 14 calendar days before entering Canada. For further details on what qualifies as a fully vaccinated traveler, visit the Canadian government webpage. As of April 1, 2022 fully vaccinated travelers are no longer required to submit a pre-entry COVID test and as of April 25, 2022, partially and unvaccinated children aged 5-11 are no longer required to complete a pre-entry COVID test if they are accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent, step-parent, guardian or tutor. Also, quarantine plans are no longer required for fully vaccinated travelers, children aged 5-11 accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult, or those with a medical contraindication to the COVID-19 vaccination.  


You will be asked to upload your vaccination information and proof of vaccination in the ArriveCAN app. You can also upload information for as many as eight travelers as long as they are of the same vaccination status as you (dependents mentioned above included). 

If the status (citizenship or travel purpose) is different for anyone aboard, then a separate submission is required for each. Lastly, you'll need to upload information about the countries you stayed in or visited within the last 14 days.


Saved Traveler Feature ~ This is an optional feature but it allows you to save your travel documentation and proof of vaccination information in ArriveCAN for re-use on future trips. If you don't use this feature, you will need to enter it for each ArriveCAN submission. You can add, edit or delete travelers at any time.


Once you have entered all information for all travelers, continue the submission process until you have obtained an ArriveCAN receipt. The receipt will be displayed on the screen and emailed to you. Using ArriveCAN does not validate your eligibility to enter Canada or confirm any exemptions from public health requirements. Determinations of such are made by the border services (CBSA) officer at time of entry. The receipt only acknowledges successful input of your information,however, names of fully vaccinated travelers should show an (A), (V) or (I) next to their names. If these letters don't appear then you aren't fully vaccinated according to Canada's requirements or you didn't upload your proof of vaccination. If any of your information changes after you have 

received an ArriveCAN receipt, though, you will need to start over and create a new submission. ArriveCAN will clear the information you previously 



At the Canadian Border, 

travelers arriving by marine vessel must report to a Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) Telephone Reporting Centre (1-888-226-7277) or to an open marine reporting site location. Until recently only limited marine reporting sites were open due to the pandemic, but as of May 20, 2022, most sites are open and more are continuing to open. CBSA is working to get the ArriveCAN 

application updated to reflect all open sites. Their website notes that if your preferred reporting site is not yet available on ArriveCAN, select any port of entry listed to complete the ArriveCAN submission and then proceed to your preferred site. For a complete list of open sites, consult the Directory of CBSA Offices and Services. 


Upon entry, the operator of the boat must answer health screening questions and present the following items to the border services officer via telephone or in-person:


- Full name, date of birth, and citizenship

- Length and purpose of stay in Canada

- Destination

- Acceptable identification (passport, driver's license, birth certificate.)

- Visa information, if applicable

- Proof of vaccination

- ArriveCAN receipt (present through the app, as a screenshot, in your 

email or as a printout)

- Passenger information

- Declarations for all passengers

- Any goods being brought into Canada, including restricted and 

prohibited goods

- Currency or monetary instruments totaling CAN $10,000 or more

-Restricted and prohibited goods include, but are not limited to:

- Firearms and weapons (For more specific info on whether you can declare a firearm.)

- Food, plants, animals and related products

- Explosives

- Fireworks

- Ammunition

- Cannabis (in any form) without a permit, including any oils that contain THC or cannabidiol.


You can view a complete list of restricted and prohibited goods on the CBSA website.


Undeclared restricted and prohibited goods found on board will be seized and violators could face criminal charges.


You are, however, allowed to declare food items for personal use, as well as alcohol and tobacco, so long as the quantity does not exceed the limits set out by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). For a complete list of food items and amounts allowed, visit the CBSA website. Estimates are you can declare one of the following for alcohol:

-wine (two 750ml bottles), alcoholic beverage (one standard bottle of liquor) or beer (24 cans or bottles).  --Information on alcohol and tobacco limits can be found on the CBSA website.

If your import exceeds your personal exemption, you will be required to pay duty and taxes.


For most cats and dogs 

only proof of rabies vaccination is required.


During check-in, fully vaccinated travelers may be subject to random COVID testing. If you are selected for a test, instructions on what to do will be given to you at that time.

A border services officer will determine if further verification or examination is needed. If none is needed, you will be provided with a report number for entry. 

If a secondary inspection is necessary, the officer will advise you to remain at the inspection site or go to one if you are reporting from the water. All goods and passengers must remain onboard. The officer who conducts the secondary inspection will provide you with a report number for entry.  


For further information please go to the CBSA website at

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