While crossing by car is significantly more prevalent, no regulation in either the United States or Canada prohibits crossing by foot. You must, however, go through customs. You may be stopped if you cross the border without passing through customs, such as by wandering through a forest. In most cases, these immigrants will be sent back home.
In fact, there are several ways to get into Canada without going through customs. Here are the most common:
1 Use one of the many border crossings where you will need to clear customs before entering Canada. These include airports, seaports, and land borders. Keep in mind that some countries, including Mexico and Haiti, do not require visitors to clear customs before entering their territory. So if you're from one of those countries, you don't have to go through customs when entering Canada via an airport or seaport.
2 Fly directly into Canada's major cities without stopping over in another country. For example, you could fly into Toronto but not Montreal. Customs would not stop you since you did not stop in another country first.
3 Enter through a designated port of entry. These include border stations, which are located at most border crossings, and international bridges or tunnels. At these locations, you will need to show your passport to officials who will stamp it as you pass through the border station.
Can I drive a U-Haul truck across the border between the United States and Canada? Yes, you are authorized to cross the US/Canadian border when relocating. You will be bound by the rules and regulations that govern the border. For example, you cannot take livestock across the border unless they are being transported for slaughter and have a health certificate.
You must present your driver's license and vehicle registration card to prove you are allowed to transport vehicles across the border. If you are stopped by police they may ask to see your license and proof of insurance. You will need to show them that it is valid in both the United States and your destination country. If you are not carrying proof of insurance, you will be required to pay a cash deposit before being allowed to continue down the road. This amount varies depending on where you are driving but is usually $25 - $100.
Once you are through the border you will need to return to your origin country with the vehicle. To do this, you will need to follow the same process as you did when coming in. Make sure that you have an empty space on your license plate when returning home.
The only real difference between crossing the border into the United States and crossing back out again is where you go to clear customs. When entering the United States, you will need to go through immigration and customs.
Interprovincial and territorial travel There are no federal travel requirements if you drive or fly inside Canada without having been abroad of the country, although there may be provincial or territorial laws and limitations. The only exception is if you come from an infected area of the world where a virus such as Ebola is present. In this case, you will need to complete a form called a risk assessment questionnaire before entering Canada.
Canadians living in border regions may have to show proof of vaccination against measles if they come from an area where the disease is prevalent.
Intra-Canadian travel Within Canada, most provinces allow their citizens to travel between them without having to complete a form or showing any evidence of a vaccine. Some exceptions include British Columbia, which requires anyone over 15 years old to show proof of immunization, and Manitoba, which requires those under 18 to get permission from a parent or guardian before traveling.
Military missions Some Canadian military missions require soldiers to obtain visas for other countries. This is usually the case when they are going on foreign training exercises or working with foreign militaries.
Search and rescue In an emergency, Canadians can call 911 to request that search and rescue teams be dispatched to find them.