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Old 04-21-2013, 12:17 PM   #1
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Vancouver cruisers...customs & immigration at the airport?

I've just returned from a trip to WDW, flying via Canada. When fillign out my card for Canadian customs/immigration, it made me think about my upcoming visit to Canada for the Alaska cruise.

I wonder what I should put on the forms with regards to leaving Cananda on a cruise to the US. I think it asks how many days you'll be in Canada, do I put 11 (including the 7 cruise days) or just 4 (the days we are actually in Canada before and after the cruise).

Does anyone have any advice?

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Old 04-21-2013, 12:23 PM   #2
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Hi,

I think you'll just put the 4 days you're actually in Canada. The cruise is technically not Canadian, and as soon as you depart Vancouver you are on US water...if I understand what I was told correctly!
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:02 PM   #3
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Yes, I think the 4 days is correct, too. You'll go through customs again at the port before you board the ship, so you're leaving Canada at that point.
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Thank you for this info- I wouldn't have had a clue as to what to put down, as I've *gasp* never left the US yet. The idea of customs terrifies me but it'll be worth it for the cruise!
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The customs process isn't bad. I was nervous the first time, too. The painful part would be the lines to get to the customs agents at the airport in the first place. lol
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:38 AM   #6
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When we flew in from Australia, we had a week in Vancouver before the cruise. We just put the 7 days we were in Vancouver down as our duration. We flew directly back out of Vancouver to San Francisco the day we got back from the cruise, so didn't include that. Customs had no issues or questions at all.
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:14 PM   #7
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Thanks for your replies. We only have 1 full day in Canada prior to boarding but have 2 after the cruise is done. Should I just put the 1 day on my form?
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Thanks for your replies. We only have 1 full day in Canada prior to boarding but have 2 after the cruise is done. Should I just put the 1 day on my form?
On the form you put the number of days you are in the country. So, if you are in Canada for 1 day before your cruise you put 1. You will go through the same process again at the end of your cruise at the Vancouver port. You do not include the cruise as time in Canada as you are leaving the country to cruise to Alaska. Just a reminder that if you are travelling with kids and only one parent make sure you have a letter. I have never been asked for one in the US but am nearly always asked coming home to Canada. Our custom folks seem to be very sticky about that.
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Is a "day" 24 hours or midnight to midnight? That is, if I arrive at noon Saturday and leave noon Monday, is that 2 days (48 hours) or 3 days (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)?

Or am I over-thinking this whole mess and nobody in customs really cares? ;-)
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You write the number of days since you got off the boat.
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:59 PM   #11
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Not just a letter. A NOTARISED letter. We saw people get refused entry into both Canada, the US and onto the ship without one !!!
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