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Q&A by Ilona Kauremszky


Q: Our son-in-law recently purchased a boat and he would like to take us on a boat ride where we’d be crossing into the US. Does he need anything for this?

A: Foreign Affairs Canada reports Canadian boaters traveling frequently to the United States in pleasure craft smaller than five net tons, for visits of less than 72 hours can obtain a Canadian Border Boat Landing Permit (I-68) from the US Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection. “This permit is not mandatory but facilitates entry procedures,” reports the Foreign Affairs Canada Department.

The form is available at http://uscis.gov/graphics/formsfee/forms/i-68.htm and has a $16US processing fee. For more information on traveling into the United States, consult a free booklet “USA Bound: Advice for Canadian Travelers” which you can obtain at any passport office or go online to the publications section of the Foreign Affairs web site, www.voyage.gc.ca.

For other information traveling to the US, contact the US Consulate General Office at www.usconsulatetoronto.ca or for general inquiries call them at 416.595.1700


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