Crossing the Canadian / US Border
Blaine, Lynden, and Sumas,
We offer this border crossing information between Canada and the United States as a courtesy. However, we can’t guarantee the accuracy of our information. Regulations and security levels change daily and we don’t always keep up on them.
Use the links at the bottom of this page for border crossing information on the US Customs and Border Protection web site of the department of Homeland Security to get current, accurate US Border Crossing information.
Visit the Canada Border Services Agency web site, links
below, for crossing into
In general, it is one to three minute process to cross the border if you have the proper documents, are truthful, and answer all the questions honestly.
The biggest problem will be the lines at the border crossing. Avoid rush hour crossings and weekends if you don’t like lines.
Travel Tip: All citizens now need passports or
An enhanced Washington State Drivers License.
(This is not a normal Washington State Drivers License.)
(Some other states also have enhanced driver’s licenses.)
Canadians need a passport entering the U.S.
Air and ship travel requires a passport
Children also need a passport. Grandparents, single parents, or friends need identification and verifiable permission from parents to take children across border.
ALWAYS TELL THE TRUTH AND NEVER JOKE WITH BORDER CROSSING OFFICIALS! This is one place where your rights are very limited. When you prove you are a citizen they still have the right to search your car and belongings. Any illegal drugs are an instant loss of your vehicle and jail time, even if the driver doesn’t know the passenger has it. Do not give rides to others, which you do not know, when crossing the border.
Non-citizens have no rights and may be refused entry. The best approach is to respond to all questions asked truthfully and volunteer no information. Talking too much can be very counterproductive. Jokes will probably make your crossing take much longer and make it more difficult.
You must have receipts for all items purchased in Canada that you are bringing back into the United States.
Canadian Border Crossing Information
British Columbia web cams
Washington State Department of Transportation
Border Web Cams & Crossing wait times
Below are some links you might find helpful on the US Customs & Border Protection web site:
US Customs and Border Protection –
Dept. of Homeland Security
US Customs and Border Protection – Identification requirements
Traveling by land
ID and Entry for Non-US citizens
Know before you go:
US Embassy – Vancouver BC, Canada
Information for Canadian Visitors to the United States from the US Embassy
Canadian Embassy – Seattle
Identification needed for Canadian Citizens crossing the US Border
Travel Tip: Bring lots of reading material, snacks, and use the bathroom before arriving at the border crossing in case of long border waits. Most of the time the wait is only 10 to 15 minutes but on weekends and holidays it can be up to 3 hours.
There are 4 border crossings into British Columbia
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