What Can I Bring to Canada?

Find out what can and can't be brought over the border into Canada

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Before your next visit to Canada, be sure to check what items you can and can't bring into the country. Not knowing that you have packed a prohibited item can lead to added time and aggravation at the border and in the worst case scenario, results in being turned away.

You CAN Bring the Following Items into Canada

  • Food: Dried and packaged food, 11 pounds of fresh beef per person, a small quantity of eggs, processed or canned potatoes.
  • Alcohol: 1.5 liters of wine OR 24, 12 oz cans or bottles of beer OR 40 oz of liquor.
  • Tobacco: 200 cigarettes OR 50 cigars (including Cuban cigars, which are not banned in Canada).
  • Pets: Dogs and cats may be brought to Canada as long as they are accompanied by a veterinarian-signed document that indicates the animal's breed and physical description as well as proof they are up to date with their rabies shots.

You CAN'T Bring the Following Items into Canada

  • Food: Fresh fruit and vegetables, dog or cat food containing beef or lamb byproducts.
  • Firearms/Self Defense: Handguns, automatic weapons, stun guns, mace and pepper spray.
  • Miscellaneous: Firewood, live bait, radar detectors.

For a complete explanation of what items can and can't be brought into Canada, see the Canada Border Services Agency.