Making it easier to be an informed traveller

(NC) Sandwiches? Plant clippings? Sand? Pets? Did you know there are restrictions on what you can bring back to Canada from other countries?

Travellers are often surprised when they return to Canada and discover that their souvenirs could be restricted and others may not be allowed at all. They often fail to declare required items because they are unaware of the requirements or the potential harm these products could have to our country.

The truth is that food can carry animal diseases or plant viruses. Plants and related products can carry insects, harmful microorganisms, viruses, fungi and bacteria. Animals and related products can carry animal diseases, such as Avian Influenza (“Bird Flu”). So there are specific import requirements and restrictions for certain products from all countries, including the United States.

As a result, the Government of Canada is launching a campaign to increase awareness of what products need to be declared when entering the country and to provide information to travellers before they leave. As part of this initiative, a new website will be available in April to provide all the information travellers need to stay informe

We all have a role to play in preventing spread of disease within our borders.

So travel wisely the next time you travel to a foreign destination. Enjoy your trip and declare your items. It’s the safest way to ensure nothing harmful travels back with you.

For more information on what products you can bring back call 1-800-O-CANADA
or visit
The new website for travellers will also be linked from here when it is launched
in April.