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Old 07-23-2014, 08:55 AM   #29
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We were "searched" heading into Canada at the Peace Bridge crossing. They let me go with them to remove some valuables tucked into various spots to avoid losing everything if we were broken into. It was a wasted 1.5 hr, then we had to put things back together. Things like the laptop case left unzipped. Vent covers not properly secured. They did not search the driver side compartments, nor move slides out to get to compartments unavailable when closed. Three of them were inside (with us not allowed to watch). I could not see the passenger side compartments. And they did not allow us to photograph the process. They did not ask about any foodstuffs and we didn't carry any alcohol or firearms or anything else we knew was not allowed. So nothing for them to find. Just an inconvenience. We worried each other time we crossed the borders (on trip to & around Alaska there were several border crossings), fortunately we pass though all others uneventfully.

I was asked to take my sunglasses off once, which when you wear RX sunglasses is a juggling act to put on other glasses, drive the rig and have the passports handy.

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Old 07-23-2014, 11:25 AM   #30
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When Thom was traveling 90% - 95% with his last job, he would have to go into or thru Canada and usually drove. Sometimes he would be flying to other parts of the US. It was a rare occasion that he did not get stopped either at the border or for a flight. They never found anything but still pulled him over. He just started getting an earlier start knowing that he would have to be either personally searched or have the vehicle searched. As a matter of fact he took to wearing a kilt for the flights, he figured that if they were gonna search then they might as well put up with his clothing, lol. He even got stopped at a connecting gate while it was boarding. Their excuse ... "it's SOP" ... yea right. Oh well nothing to do but let them do the job they think they have to do. Yep and that is now one reason we have the RV so that he doesn't have to go thru so much for traveling at least inside the US.

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Old 07-23-2014, 04:37 PM   #31
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IMO it is the same on both sides. We were stopped for an agricultural inspection at Oroville. Told to go sit on the curb away from the RV. 5 agents dressed in black with flack jackets, boots went into the 5er. With the slides in they had to be walking on the furniture to get around. Took about 1/2 hour and they were done. Nothing seemed to be moved or disturbed.
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Old 07-26-2014, 07:08 PM   #32
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A couple months ago we went into Canada, handed them our Passports and had no problems. Coming back into the States we were given the 3rd. degree...thought we were going to have to go around and come in thru Mexico
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Customs is always a bit of crap shoot. Depending on the day, how hot they are, whatever event may have triggered the next wave of hyper-vigilance, your hair colour and so on.

There are a few rules that will help but not guarantee fewer troubles

1. Always be polite

2. Be ready with your answers. Um and Aahhh don't do you any favours.

3. Don't LIE. Getting caught won't only screw you on the day in question, it may screw you for the rest of your life.

4. Take some time to understand the rules of the country you are going to. Of course the big one that comes up for Canada is guns (Handguns specifically). Canada Customs tend to look for that so best advice, make sure you know the rules and respect them, just as you expect visitors to your own country to respect the laws of your nation. Everybody is just happier that way.

5. Know that if you have never traveled to Canada before, you are likely to get some more scrutiny. Both sides have a record of your entry and exits from the county. If you have never been before, they will want to know a little bit more of your intentions. They always worry that people may be coming up to work etc.

6. If you have a criminal record, you may not get into the country period. I think 10 years is the minimum before you can unless you get special permission and depending on the crime, you may not qualify regardless. That 5 year old bust for possession could be your downfall. If you have a criminal record, make sure that it won't disqualify you before getting to the border. You will save yourself a lot of time and aggravation by doing that.

Having said the above. Thousands upon thousands successfully cross the border every day with little or no hassle. It is a testament to two great nations that we can enjoy that kind of trust with each others citizens.
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Old 07-27-2014, 09:03 AM   #34
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A couple months ago we went into Canada, handed them our Passports and had no problems. Coming back into the States we were given the 3rd. degree...thought we were going to have to go around and come in thru Mexico

I had the same experience while re-entering Montana from Alberta.
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A less than ten year old OUI will keep you out of Canada as well. A friend was refused entry because of this.
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Old 07-31-2014, 11:15 PM   #36
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A less than ten year old OUI will keep you out of Canada as well. A friend was refused entry because of this.
Whats an OUI?
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