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ZYZ Consular Info: Canada Part 2
U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Washington, DC 20520
For recorded travel information, call 202-647-5225
Internet Address: http://travel.state.gov
For information by fax, call 202-647-3000 from your fax machine
Consular Information Canada Part Two
AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
has assessed the Government of Canada civil aviation authority as Category 1
-- in compliance with international aviation safety standards for oversight
of Canada's air carrier operations. For further information, travelers may
contact the Department of Transportation within the United States at tel.
1-800-322-7873, or visit the FAA's Internet website at
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) separately assesses some foreign air
carriers for suitability as official providers of air services. For
information regarding the DOD policy on specific carriers, travelers may
contact the DOD at tel. (618) 229-4801.
CUSTOMS REGULATIONS: Canadian customs authorities enforce strict
regulations concerning temporary importation into or export from Canada of
items such as firearms and knives. It is advisable to contact the Embassy
of Canada in Washington, D.C. or one of Canada's consulates in the
United States for specific information regarding customs requirements.
IMPORTATION OF FIREARMS: Firearms are strictly controlled. As of January
1, 2001, visitors bringing firearms into Canada, or planning to borrow and
use firearms while in Canada, are required to declare the firearms in
writing using a Non-Resident Firearm Declaration form. Multiple firearms
can be declared on the same form. At the border, three copies of the
unsigned declaration must be presented to a Canadian customs officer. The
declaration will serve as a temporary license and registration certificate
for up to 60 days. The Non-Resident Firearm Declaration costs $50
(Canadian). Visitors planning to borrow a firearm in Canada must obtain in
advance a Temporary Firearms Borrowing License, which costs $30 (Canadian).
The form must be signed before a Canadian customs officer and the fee paid
at the border. In order to save time at the border, Canadian authorities
recommend that visitors complete the declaration form, but that they not
sign it, and make two copies of the completed form before arriving at the
port-of-entry. Requests made at the border for photocopies of the form may
be denied. Full details on this new policy are available at the Canadian
Firearms Centre website, http://www.cfc-ccaf.gc.ca, under the heading
"Visitors to Canada." The Non-Resident Firearm Declaration and the
Temporary Firearms Borrowing License applications may also be obtained from
Canada has three classes of firearms: non-restricted, restricted, and
prohibited. Non-restricted firearms include most ordinary hunting rifles
and shotguns. These may be brought temporarily into Canada for sporting or
hunting use during hunting season, use in competitions, in-transit movement
through Canada, or personal protection against wildlife in remote areas of
Canada. Anyone wishing to bring hunting rifles into Canada must be at least
18 years old, and the firearm must be properly stored for transport.
Restricted firearms are primarily handguns; however, pepper spray and mace
are also included in this category. A restricted firearm may be brought
into Canada, but an Authorization to Transport permit must be obtained in
advance from a Provincial or Territorial Chief Firearms Officer. Prohibited
firearms include fully automatic, converted automatics, and assault-type
weapons. Prohibited firearms are not allowed into Canada.
In advance of any travel, please contact a Canadian embassy or consulate, or
the Canadian Firearms Centre (http://www.cfc.ccaf.gc.ca) for detailed
information and instructions on temporarily importing firearms. In all
cases, travelers must declare to Canadian Customs authorities any firearms
and weapons in their possession when entering Canada. If a traveler is
denied permission to bring in the firearm, there are often facilities near
border crossings where firearms may be stored, pending the traveler's return
to the United States. Canadian law requires that officials confiscate
firearms and weapons from those crossing the border who deny having them in
their possession. Confiscated firearms and weapons are never returned.
CRIMINAL PENALTIES: While in a foreign country, a U.S. citizen is subject
to that country's laws and regulations, which sometimes differ significantly
from those in the United States and may not afford the protections available
to the individual under U.S. law. Penalties for breaking the law can be
more severe than in the United States for similar offenses. Persons
violating Canada's laws, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested or
imprisoned. Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs
in Canada are strict, and convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and
CHILDREN'S ISSUES: For information on international adoption of children
and international parental child abduction, please refer to our Internet
site at http://travel.state.gov/children's_issues.html or telephone (202)
REGISTRATION/EMBASSY AND CONSULATE LOCATIONS: U.S. citizens living in or
visiting Canada may register at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy or
at a U.S. Consulate General in Canada, and may obtain updated information on
travel and security within Canada.
The U.S. Embassy is in Ottawa, Ontario, at 490 Sussex Drive, K1N 1G8,
telephone (613) 238-5335,
fax (613) 688-3082. The Embassy website is www.usembassycanada.gov. The
Embassy's consular district includes Baffin Island, the following counties
in eastern Ontario: Lanark, Leeds, Prescott, Renfrew, Russell and Stormont;
and the following counties in western Quebec: Gatineau, Hull, Labelle,
Papineau, Pontiac and Tamiscamingue.
U.S. Consulates General are located at:
Calgary, Alberta, at Suite 1050, 615 Macleod Trail SE, telephone (403)
266-8962; emergency-after hours (403) 228-8962 then press '0'; fax (403)
264-6630. The consular district includes Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan,
and the Northwest Territories, excluding Nunavut.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, at 1969 Upper Water Street, Suite 904, Purdy's Wharf
Tower II, telephone (902) 429-2480; emergency-after hours (902) 429-2485; fax (902) 423-6861.
The consular district includes New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia,
Prince Edward Island and the islands of
Saint Pierre and Miquelon.
Montreal, Quebec, at 1155 St. Alexander Street, telephone (514) 398-9695;
emergency-after hours (514) 981-5059; fax (514) 398-0702. The consular
district includes southwestern Quebec with the exception of the six counties
served by the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa.
Quebec City, Quebec, at 2 Place Terrasse Dufferin, telephone (418) 692-2095;
emergency-after hours (418) 692-2096; fax (418) 692-4640. The consular
district includes the counties of Abitibi-West,
Abitibi-East, St. Maurice, Trois-Rivieres, Nicolet, Wolfe, Frontenac and all
other counties to the north or east within the province of Quebec. The new
arctic territory of Nunavut is also in this district.
Toronto, Ontario, at 360 University Avenue, telephone (416) 595-1700;
(416) 201-4100; fax (416) 595-5466. The consular district includes the
province of Ontario except the six counties served by the U.S. Embassy in
Vancouver, British Columbia, at 1095 West Pender Street, telephone (604)
fax (604) 685-7175. The consular district includes British Columbia and the
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This replaces the Consular Information Sheet dated January 22, 2001 to
update the sections on Customs Regulations, Children's Issues, and Embassy
and Consulate Locations.