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Travelling to Canada From the United States
The United States Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act requires air travellers to and from the United States, the Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama, and Mexico have passports or other secure, accepted documents to enter Canada or to re-enter the United States. This policy also applies to Canadians travelling to and from these destinations.
As of June 1, 2009 citizens travelling by land or sea, are required to have documents that comply with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), most commonly a passport, a passport card, a trusted traveler card such as NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST, or an enhanced driver's license.
Tourism Winnipeg advises U.S. residents to visit the U.S. Department of State website at www.travel.state.gov for the most up-to-date information.
To determine if you are inadmissible to enter Canada, please visit the Canadian Immigration website.
Visitors from other countries can visit the Canadian Government website for more information or contact the Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate responsible for their region.
Within Canada, call Citizenship and Immigration Canada at 1 (888) 242-2100.
Travelling to Canada from Countries other than the United States
Starting March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).
Exceptions include U.S. citizens and foreign nationals with a valid visa.
All travellers must present acceptable travel documents and identification must be presented at the border.
For further information, click here or call:
- Outside Canada: 1 (800) 992-7037
- Within Canada: 1 (888) 242-2100
Returning to the United States
Each person returning to the U.S. from Canada may purchase and declare the following:
- $200 goods duty-free, after less than 48 hours.
Duty-free products – 50 cigarettes and 10 cigars and 150 milliliters (5 fl. oz.) of alcoholic beverages or 150 milliliters (5 fl. oz.) of perfume containing alcohol.
- $800 goods duty-free, after more than 48 hours.
Duty-free products – 1 litre (33.8 oz.) alcohol or 24 cans of beer; 100 cigars, 200 cigarettes or 1 kg (2.2 pounds) of tobacco.
Any “reasonable amount” of food and gasoline or oil is permitted.
Goods bought in Canada, but manufactured in the U.S., are duty-free and not included in the basic exemption. Original handmade crafts and works of art are also exempt, however a receipt of purchase may be required. For further information on U.S. customs regulations, please visit www.customs.ustreas.gov or call 1 (905) 676-2606.
Bringing Children into Canada
Adults travelling with children should carry identification for each child. Divorced parents who share custody of their children should carry copies of the legal custody documents.
Adults who are not parents or guardians should have written permission from the parents or guardians to supervise the children. When travelling with a group of vehicles, parents or guardians should be in the same vehicle as the children when arriving at the border. Customs officers are looking for missing children and may ask questions about the children who are travelling with you.
Please have a vaccination certificate with full information on the animal.
Revolvers, pistols, and fully automatic firearms are prohibited entry into Canada. Non-restricted firearms (which must be declared) are a regular sporting rifle or a shotgun with a barrel over 470 mm (18.5 in.) with a maximum overall length of 660 mm (26 in.). No automatics or silencers. Firearms less than 660mm need a "permit of transport". Without exception, all firearms must be declared.
How to get to Winnipeg
Winnipeg is the capital of the province of Manitoba and is accessible from almost anywhere in the world. Located in the geographic centre of Canada, Winnipeg is easily accessible by air, land or rail.
Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport
2000 Wellington Avenue
Phone: (204) 987-9402
St. Andrews Airport
202-705 South Gate Road
St. Andrews, MB R1A 3P9
Phone: (204) 983-3735
Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport welcomes 3.4 million passengers annually. With in excess of 120 flights per day, the airport is serviced by major and local carriers including: Air Canada, Delta, United Airlines and WestJet.
Additional services are readily available through major charter operators or private air transportation facilities. Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport enjoys non-stop services from major U.S. hub airports: Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Phoenix. Delta and United Airlines offer nearly 100 direct flights per week departing from Winnipeg, which ranks third among the 12 Canadian mid-sized cities surveyed by the number of scheduled direct flights.
For information on booking your flight to Winnipeg, take advantage of the links below:
(serving main terminal building)
Reservations: 1 (888) 247-2262
Flight Info: 1 (888) 422-7533
Reservations: 1 (866) 847-1112
Reservations: 1 (800) 465-2327
Reservations: 1 (800) 839-2256
Reservations: 1 (800) 221-1212
Phone: 1 (888) 372-3780 or (204) 982-7240
Reservations: 1 (800) 267-1247
Customer Service: 1(780) 809-1784
Customer Service: 1 (866) 222-6688
Keystone Air Service Ltd.
Phone: 1 (800) 665-3975 or (204) 338-6131
Information: 1 (877) 855.1500 or (204) 888-5619
Reservations: 1 (800) 225-2525
Flight Information: 1 (800) 441-1818
Phone: 1 (888) NORTHWAY or 1 (888) 667-8492
Charter Information: (204) 786-7031
Reservations & Flight Information: (204) 783-8000 or 1 (800) 665-8986
Customer Service: 1 (866) 222-6688
Reservations: 1 (800) 589-5582
Reservations: 1WESTJET or 1 (888) 538-5696
Customer Service: 1 (877) WJCARES or 1 (888) 952-2737
Flight Information: (204) 984-9200 or 1 (800) 441-1818
West Wind Aviation
Phone: 1 (877) 245-5550
Phone: 1 (866) FLYZOOM or 1 (866) 359-9666
Other Passenger Carriers
For more information on flying to and from Winnipeg, visit the Winnipeg Airports Authority website at www.waa.ca
Air Times to Winnipeg
- Vancouver - 2:55 hours
- Calgary - 2:03 hours
- Toronto - 2:17 hours
- Ottawa - 2:25 hours
- Montreal - 2:33 hours
- Minneapolis - 1:19 hours
- Chicago - 2:00 hours
- New York - 3:39 hours
- Miami - 6:17 hours
- Dallas - 4:52 hours
- Denver - 2:30 hours
- Los Angeles - 5:20 hours
- Yellowknife - 7:45 hours
- Iqaluit - 5:15 hours
123 Main Street
Toll Free (Canada and U.S.): 1 (888) VIARAIL
The Canadian, one of VIA Rail’s proudest services, travels across Canada and stops in Winnipeg. The Hudson Bay departs from Winnipeg and travels up to Churchill. VIA Rail Canada runs more than 480 trains per week over a 14,000 kilometre network, linking more than 450 localities in Canada. Over four million passengers travel on VIA Rail each year. You can connect to Via Rail through Amtrack or your local carrier.
For more information on booking your ticket, please visit: www.viarail.ca.
Whether you are driving on your own or letting someone do the driving for you, Winnipeg is an easy destination to get to and is only one hour north of the U.S. border crossing at Pembina North Dakota.
- The No. 1 Trans-Canada Highway (east-west) provides direct connection to all major urban centres in the country.
From the United States:
- Manitoba No. 7 South to connect with U.S. Interstate No. 29 and Minnesota No. 94 (border crossing: Emerson).
- Manitoba No. 59 to connect with Minnesota No. 59 and U.S. #2 (border crossing: Tolstoi).
The Winnipeg Bus Terminal is located at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.
Some of the following bus companies use the terminal as a bus depot.
- Beaver Bus Lines Ltd.
339 Archibald Street
Phone: (204) 989-7007
Toll free in Canada: 1 (800) 432-5072
- Brandon Air Shuttle
(ground transportation between Brandon and Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport)
Phone: (204) 729-3332 or 1 (888) 884-5533
- Brandon Bus Lines
112 Paramount Rd
Phone: 1 (855) 566-2378
- Kelsey Bus Lines
Phone: (204) 623-2161
- Maples Bus Lines
Phone: (204) 289-4197
Toll free in Canada: 1 (833) 339-4197
- Thompson Bus
Phone: (204) 939-3991