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One of the true joys of living in the Heart of the Northeast Kingdom is that in a hop, skip, and a jump you can also spend some time in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, or see the sights of Montreal and Quebec City.  And of course, we welcome our Canadian friends to visit and are happy to help you make arrangements to do so.

 

Simplest rule of travel:  You will need a Passport or an Enhanced Drivers License in order to enter the United States. NO EXCEPTIONS.  You may get into Canada with a drivers license alone.  But trying to return without a passport or enhanced license will be a ton of trouble. 

 

There is an ever changing list of what you can bring with you into Canada and what you can bring back to the US.  (We were planning a picnic for a bicycle ride around the lake and learned that we can't bring blueberries north and we can't bring oranges or other citrus south.)  These change from time to time, so the best thing you can do is to check with the border officials directly.

 

Yes you can bring your pet with you.  You'll need proof of vaccinations and rabies shots (dog tags are not enough; certificates are generally required).  And your pet must be over 3 months old.  But better check for any changes.

 

Here are the locations and telephone numbers of the US Border Stations.  Always good to check with them in advance if you have any qestions, whatsoever.

 

Land Port of Entry Locations

Rt.114 at the Border
Norton, VT 05907
Phone: (802) 822-5233
Operational Hours: Twenty Four (24) Hours A Day, Seven Days A Week (7)

Interstate 91
Derby Line, VT 05830
Phone: (802) 873-3489
Operational Hours: Twenty Four (24) Hours A Day, Seven Days A Week (7)

Rt.253 at the Border
Beecher Falls, VT 05902
Phone: (802) 266-3336
Open: Operational Hours: Twenty Four (24) Hours A Day, Seven Days A Week (7)

705 Province Street
Richford, VT 05476
Phone: (802) 848-7786
Operational Hours: Twenty Four (24) Hours A Day, Seven Days A Week (7)

Land Facilities and Border Crossing Stations

Name: Beebe Plain Station
Phone: (802) 873-3055
Operational Hours: Twenty Four (24) Hours A Day
Seven Days A Week (7)

Name: Derby Line (Route 5)
Phone: (802) 873-3161
Operational Hours: Twenty Four (24) Hours A Day
Seven Days A Week (7)

Name: North Troy Station
Phone: (802) 988-2540
Operational Hours: Twenty Four (24) Hours A Day
Seven Days A Week (7)

Name: Canaan Station
Phone: (802) 266-3375
Operational Hours: Twenty Four (24) Hours A Day
Seven Days A Week (7)

Name: East Richford Station
Phone: (802) 848-7746
Operational Hours: Twenty Four (24) Hours A Day
Seven Days A Week (7)

Name: Pinnacle Road Station
Phone: (802) 848-7721
Operational Hours: Twenty Four (24) Hours A Day
Seven Days A Week (7)

Name: West Berkshire Station
Phone: (802) 933-4337
Operational Hours: Twenty Four (24) Hours A Day
Seven Days A Week (7)

 

Sea/Lake
The inspection process at a sea /lake port-of-entry is similar to the airport process if inspection facilities are available. In the Northeast Kingdom the only water border crossing is located on Lake Memphremagog.

Phone in Arrivals Derby Line (Lake Memphremagog):Private boats/yachts must immediately report arrival in U.S. by calling (802) 873-3489 or (802) 873-3316 or use the OARS videophone at the Newport Dock to contact CBP.

All boat captains must phone in their arrival and have the following information available:

  • Name, date of birth and citizenship of all persons on board (including passport number);
  • Name of the boat and/or boat registration number;
  • CBP user fee decal number (if 30 feet or longer);
  • Homeport and current location; and
  • Return contact number

Top 10 Tips for Travelers Crossing the Border

  • Do “Know before you go”. Visit www.cbp.gov (CBP) or http://www.cbsa.gc.ca/ (CBSA) before traveling for a complete list of rules for crossing the border into the U.S. including the required documentation, what items are duty free, what foods are allowed, etc.
  • Do allow extra time when traveling as there may be a wait to cross the US border or the inspection process may take longer than anticipated.
  • Do have all your documentation handy for the Border Patrol Agents.
  • Do declare any items you have purchased or received as gifts.You may be required to pay a duty or tax on these items.
  • Do declare any food you have with you. Certain food items such as some types of meat or poultry are prohibited from crossing the border.
  • Do declare any medications you have with you. Certain medications are prohibited from crossing the border.
  • Do bring your doctors written prescription with you if you are carrying any medication.
  • Do bring an up to date rabies certificate and up to date vaccination report with you for each and every pet you are traveling with. Failure to have these documents can result in your pet being quarantined for health and safety reasons. Make sure your pet also has an identifying tag on his/her collar.
  • Don’t travel to the U.S. if you are carrying a communicable disease.
  • Don’t bring illegal items across the border.

 

 

Sea/Lake

If a traveler arrives in Canada aboard a private boat, they must proceed directly to the nearest designated telephone reporting marine site. Upon arrival in Canada, the captain of the boat must report to the CBSA by calling 1-888-226-7277 to initiate the following:

  • The captain of the boat is required to provide details of the excursion, a complete list of passengers and their declaration.
  • No one except the captain may leave the boat until authorized to do so by the CBSA.
  • As proof of presentation, the captain will be provided with a report number for their records. A Captain must provide this number to a border services officer if requested.
  • A Captain does not have to report to the CBSA when they leave by private boat unless they are exporting goods that need to be documented.

If a traveler wishes to receive a list of designated telephone reporting marine sites they may call 1-888-226-7277.

 
 

DUTY FREE SHOPS


Duty Free Americas
35 Herrick Road
Derby Line, VT 05830
Telephone: (802) 873 – 3323
http://www.dutyfreeamericas.com/

Eastern Duty Free Shops Inc.
Junction 55 and 91
Rock Island, Quebec Canada
Telephone: (819) 876-5249

INFORMATIONAL GUIDELINES

If you are a Canadian Resident traveling from the United States into Canada you may shop “tax and duty free,” at the Duty Free Shop located in Derby Line, Vermont. To purchase items “duty free” means buying items without having to pay either the sales tax or the customs duties assessed. The following details pertain:

  • A Canadian resident must have been in the United States for at least 48 hours.
  • Items purchased in the Duty Free Shop in the United States are exempt from U.S. taxes and duties. If a traveler exceeds their personal exemptions Canadian tax and duties may be applicable.

If you are an American Citizen traveling from Canada into the United States you may shop “tax and duty free,” at the Duty Free Shop located at the junction of 55 & 91 Rock Island, Quebec, Canada. To purchase items “duty free” means buying items without having to pay either the sales tax or the customs duties assessed. The following details pertain:

  • A U.S.Citizen must have been in Canada for at least 48 hours.
  • Items purchased in the Duty Free Shop in Canada are exempt from Canadian taxes and duties.
  • If a traveler exceeds their personal exemptions U.S. tax and duties may be applicable.

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