NIAGARA FALLS BORDER CROSSING
PASSPORT INFORMATION & IDENTIFICATION
REQUIREMENTS FOR NIAGARA FALLS BORDER CROSSING.
U.S. CITIZENS RETURNING TO THE
U.S. AFTER VISITING NIAGARA FALLS CANADA ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE A
PASSPORT CARD OR ENHANCED DRIVERS LICENSE AT THE IMMIGRATION CHECKPOINT. If
you are a U.S.
citizen living in the U.S. and cross the border to Canada and attempt to
re-enter the U.S. you will need one of the above listed forms of identification.
Effective June 1st
For U.S. citizens needing
information on obtaining travel documents:
For official US border crossing
info, visit this
The previous link changes often, you may need to start your search here:
For official Canadian crossing
border info, visit www.canadawelcomesyou.net
If you are bringing children with you their birth
certificates are required (either original or certified copy only). If the children are not yours you must provide
a signed hand written note by the parent indicating how long the child will be
in the country you are visiting along with telephone numbers for the parents. You
will be denied entry if you are lacking proper
documentation. (family photos can help too!)
If you make purchases and travel between
Niagara Falls Ontario and New York, be sure to save receipts. When crossing the
international border, you will be required to declare all purchases. Certain items
may be taxable or you may qualify for tax refunds. Please visit the duty free
stores located at the bridges between the U.S. and Canada for more information.
Persons wishing to travel to Canada whom
are not U.S. citizens (ie: foreigner) may be required to get a tourist visa from the Canadian
consulate in the country from which they are arriving from. If you are in the
USA on a visa and wish to visit Canada while in New York there is a Canadian
consulate located in Buffalo New York. YOU CANNOT OBTAIN A TOURIST VISA AT ANY
OF THE BORDER CROSSINGS. When contacting the Consul, inform them that you wish
to obtain a "temporary resident visa". As of April 1st 2011 the fee per
person is $75 for a single entry visa, $150 for a multiple entry visa or $400
for a family (multiple or single entry).
To contact the Canadian consulate in Buffalo call 716-858 9591 Fax: 716-852-2477.
For online information visit the
Canadian Consul Website
Although border security has
increased significantly, crossing of either the Rainbow bridge or the
Queenston/Lewiston Bridge are back to usual transit times. Expect one hour
holidays including Canada Day, Fourth of July and Labor day weekend.
There are three International
bridges between the U.S. and Canada within six miles of the Falls.
500 yards (457m) from the American Falls
is the "Rainbow Bridge" which offers a
spectacular view of the Falls. There is no commercial traffic allowed. You can
walk, bike or drive across.
1.8 miles (2.9 km) North is the "Whirlpool
NEXUS cardholders can use the Whirlpool bridge.
5.6 miles (9 km) North of the Falls is
the "Lewiston-Queenston Bridge". This bridge is for all types of vehicles. Bicycles
are allowed but not recommended.
Bridge status traveling into
Bridge status traveling into the
General Bridge information
When crossing the international
border be sure to bring a valid passport. You may be
denied entry if you are lacking proper documentation.
PETS: If you plan on crossing the border with a pet
you may be asked to provide a current vaccination certificate. Most hotels do
not allow pets. If you need to board your pet locally during your visit please