Several times a year, we cross the border from Canada into the United States. Once again, this past weekend, we took advantage of the opportunity to extend our summer and drove south to the Gulf of Mexico to visit a couple of our kids. We’ve become accustomed to remembering a few things when we cross, so I thought it might be helpful if I pass them along to you.
1. Have your passport or enhanced driver’s license (available in Ontario and a few other provinces for Canadian-born citizens) ready to hand to the officer when you pull up to the booth.
2. Be prepared to tell the officer where you are going and how long you will be in the country. They also ask about our citizenship and where we live.
3. You must declare any fruits, vegetable, plants and meats that you are bringing with you. I have mentioned bean salad or potato salad in the past, and that seemed to be fine. This time I said that I had food but no raw fruits or vegetables and no meat. The officer asked about oranges or lemons, which seem to be the greatest concern, and of course I had none. So we were good to go.
4. Some border crossings have special lanes where RV’s must go. Otherwise they go with cars rather than with trucks.
5. Remove your sunglasses to speak with the border officials. Answer their questions directly and honestly.
What questions have you been asked at border crossings?