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Canadian Border Landing Permit

  • The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) requires inspection of small vessel operators and their passengers when entering the U.S. from a foreign port, including Canada. Every person must have a U.S. passport.
  • Boaters who have landed on Canadian soil are required to:
    • Report in person to a designated U.S. port-of-entry for inspection or ...
    • Be in possession of an INS form I-68.
      • The I-68 is used to expedite the inspection process and must be obtained in advance by every U.S. or Canadian citizen entering the U.S.
      • Contact the INS for information or to obtain an I-68. The INS has offices in Cleveland, Sandusky, and Toledo.
    • Note: If traveling to Canada, be alert to changes in border security procedures.

U.S. Customs Service Boat Reporting

All boats entering the U.S. from Canadian waters and carrying passengers who were on Canadian soil must report to U.S. Customs.

  • This legal obligation may be met by telephone. Boaters may call before
    leaving Canada, while en route with a cell phone, or immediately upon arrival in the U.S.
  • Have the following information ready when calling to avoid delays:
    • Boat registration number
    • Boat length (and customs decal number if 30 feet or more in length)
    • Captain's name and date of birth
    • Total number of persons on board and value of all purchases in Canada
    • The name of the marina where you first arrived on the U.S. side
  • Boats 30 feet or more in length must purchase an annual user fee decal from a U.S. Customs office prior to a voyage to Canada. The U.S. Customs Service has offices in Toledo, Sandusky, Cleveland, and Ashtabula. Call for more information.
  • Note: If traveling to Canada, be alert to changes in border security procedures.