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Immigration regulations require that each person be inspected when crossing the border between the United States and Canada. Specific forms of identification are required at all land border crossings. At present, recommended forms of ID are a passport, passport card, enhanced driver’s license or NEXUS frequent-traveler card.

Regulations regarding exemptions and restrictions for belongings or merchandise brought into across the international border exist. There are certain variable restrictions for taking alcohol, tobacco products, certain foods, etc. across the border. Please be prepared to declare all belongings and show receipts for purchases when reporting to border agents for entry.

Immigration and customs requirements are subject to change without notice. We recommend you obtain and review current literature published by Canadian and U.S. Border Protection Agencies prior to your visit.

Latest Covid-19 Border Crossing Information

As of April 2022, vaccinated travelers entering Canada from the United States, regardless of citizenship, do not need to take a test against Covid-19 before arriving. Travelers must, however, enter their arrival plans in the ArriveCan mobile app. Vaccinated travelers are not required to test before entering the United States from Canada; no app information is required. Unvaccinated travelers are permitted to cross the border only for limited reasons, of which leisure/recreation is insufficient. Check out our “What’s New” page for the latest information on changes in the 1000 Islands since when the border was previously open for leisure travel.

For current and comprehensive Customs & Immigration information, contact the following agencies directly:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

315-482-2261 (Alexandria Bay, NY office) (See the “Travel” section.)

Canada Border Services Agency

613-659-2301 (Port of Lansdowne, ON office)

Click here for information regarding the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI).