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Canada Border Clearance

Passengers should be prepared to declare goods and currency coming into the country. Find out more about these requirements and the customs clearance processes and programs available.

What to Declare

Information for Canadian residents about returning home with goods from abroad including restrictions, personal exemptions and how to declare goods. Learn more about what to declare.

Currency Regulations

Departing and arriving passengers must report currency valued at over $10,000 CAD to the CBSA. Learn about Canada's currency regulations.

Primary Inspection Kiosks

The Government of Canada is now accepting digital declarations from travellers arriving at YVR from outside Canada. Upon arrival at Vancouver International Airport, travellers will now use a Primary Inspection Kiosk to scan their travel document, take their photo and complete an on-screen declaration before seeing a CBSA officer.  

Those looking to save more time can complete their declaration in advance using the CanBorder - eDeclaration mobile app, and scan their quick response (QR) code at a kiosk upon arrival. 

Primary Inspection Kiosks will improve border security while streamlining service and reducing wait times at Canada's busiest airports. To learn more about Primary Inspection Kiosks and the eDeclaration mobile app, visit

For a short period of time travelers at YVR will have the option to use the ne Primary Inspection Kiosks, or Automated Border Clearance.

Automated Border Clearance

Self-service kiosks are available for expedited border processing.  They require no pre-registration or fee.  Eligible users include:

  • Canadian passport holders,
  • Canadian permanent residents,
  • U.S. passport holders traveling for pleasure (without a visa or permit). 

Foreign passport holders or U.S. passengers traveling for business will need to see a CBSA officer directly.

To use the Automated Border Clearance kiosks, follow these 4 simple steps:

1. Scan your Canadian or U.S. passport or Canadian permanent resident card.

2. Insert your declaration card. 

3. Retrieve your documents.

4. Present your receipt and identification documents to the CBSA officer.


NEXUS is a trusted traveller program designed to speed up border crossings for low-risk, pre-approved travellers  between Canada and the United States (U.S.). It is jointly run by the Canada Border Services Agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.  It is primarily for Canadian and American passport holders or permanent residents. Learn more about NEXUS.


CANPASS Air is a trusted traveller program that allows expedited clearance into Canada for pre-approved, low-risk travellers with foreign passports. Learn more about CANPASS Air including eligibility and the application process.