NIAGARA FALLS BORDER CROSSING INFORMATION,
PASSPORT INFORMATION & IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR NIAGARA FALLS BORDER
U.S. CITIZENS RETURNING TO THE U.S. AFTER
VISITING NIAGARA FALLS CANADA ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE A
PASSPORT, 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 2009.
Special notice: If you have
ever been charged with a DUI (driving under the influence) in the
U.S. you may be denied entry to Canada regardless of how long it has
been. U.S. travelers are being denied at all ports of entry ie:
airports, ports of call, bridges and land based check points. There
has been a significant number of travelers denied entry and it can
be a very expensive and embarrassing situation. Click
here for more information.
For U.S. citizens needing information on
obtaining travel documents:
For official US border crossing information
previous link changes often and you may need to start your search here:
For official Canadian crossing border info,
If you are bringing children with you their
original birth certificates or certified copies are required. 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. Please visit the U.S. State
website for more info.
If you make purchases and travel between Niagara Falls
Ontario and New York be sure to save your 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
Persons wishing to travel to Canada who 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 no Canadian
consulate located in Niagara Falls. 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 2012 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
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 delays on 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
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 Canada
Bridge status traveling into the U.S.
General Bridge information
When crossing the international border be
sure to bring a valid passport. You may be denied entry if you are lacking
PETS: For travelers visiting Niagara Falls
with their pets. Dogs are welcome in the park areas as long as they are leashed
and cleaned up after. 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