Crossing U.S Border?
Old 08-17-2009, 11:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay so it's the first time I'm going to cross the border since the whole passport thing. So I was wondering if I or my close friends/family are going to need passports. I'm 15 and my other friend is 15 but the other one is 16. I read you don't need passport if your under 16 but what if you are 16?

And by the way I'm going to do shopping there and I heard how when you re-enter Canada you get taxed for goods. And a lot of people are advising that I rip the tags off the clothes and throw the clothes in a suitcase and claim I was vacationing there. If so have any of you heard of this being done? Or have you tried it?

I'm going to New York, and I might be doing shopping in Buffalo, Rochester and New York City.
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Old 08-18-2009, 12:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes I went last week to Buffalo and we all needed our passports. I do reccommend you rip offf tags, if you buy shoes wear them and throw away your boxes.
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Old 08-18-2009, 12:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Gurk how old are you? 16 right?
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Ya u do need passports, I went down to the US last week also and I'm 16, my bro's 9 but we both needed passports...also clothes wise, we bought a lot but didn't really bother ripping off the tags, just mixed it with the luggage and nothing happened at customs, I think it depends on your trip, if your going for more then 2 days then your allowed to take up to $400 in bought items or something like that...btw go down to New Jersey/Atlantic City if you get the chance cause there's no tax on clothes there so you can buy a lot without worrying about taxes
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Ya u do need passports, I went down to the US last week also and I'm 16, my bro's 9 but we both needed passports...also clothes wise, we bought a lot but didn't really bother ripping off the tags, just mixed it with the luggage and nothing happened at customs, I think it depends on your trip, if your going for more then 2 days then your allowed to take up to $400 in bought items or something like that...btw go down to New Jersey/Atlantic City if you get the chance cause there's no tax on clothes there so you can buy a lot without worrying about taxes
Strange because my cousins went and the only one who needed a passport was the dad, and their older brother.(18)
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Just get the passport to be safe.

Also, when you get to customs, just tell the truth. It works remarkably well instead of ripping tags etc. off each item. Plus, is 15 - 20 dollars really that much money to avoid paying?
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:20 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Like Claud said, might as well get it to be safe.

They don't always ask for it, I've never needed it, but you never know.
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I thought it was mandatory to have you passport now
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I've crossed the border a handful of times in the last few years and no one in my family has ever had to show a passport. I've got a Korean friend and an Indian friend who frequent American malls and their families have to show passports every single time they cross the border. True story, my Korean friend's family had their dumplings confiscated by customs at the Windsor-Detroit border.
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I've crossed the border a handful of times in the last few years and no one in my family has ever had to show a passport. I've got a Korean friend and an Indian friend who frequent American malls and their families have to show passports every single time they cross the border. True story, my Korean friend's family had their dumplings confiscated by customs at the Windsor-Detroit border.
the passport rule just came into effect this summer if im not mistaken.
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Ya u do need passports, I went down to the US last week also and I'm 16, my bro's 9 but we both needed passports...also clothes wise, we bought a lot but didn't really bother ripping off the tags, just mixed it with the luggage and nothing happened at customs, I think it depends on your trip, if your going for more then 2 days then your allowed to take up to $400 in bought items or something like that...btw go down to New Jersey/Atlantic City if you get the chance cause there's no tax on clothes there so you can buy a lot without worrying about taxes
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Pennsylvania is good too. No sales tax. Just remember when you come back to Canada, try not to get in line with a female border guard - no matter how short the line is. They're the worst. It'll be like the Spanish inquisition and they'll probably search the car.
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I am 15 actually. Also, my dad read the Canada tax hinga majig. It says after one day you can't bring anything, 24 hours you can bring $50 per person, 48 hours you can bring I think $50 or $100 person, and 7 days you can bring $400 per person.
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14 days $800 per person, 28 days $1600 per person, 56 days $3200 per person, 112 days $6400 per person, 224 days $12800 per person, 448 days $25,600, 896 days $51200 per person, 1792 dats $102400 per a person?
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Pennsylvania is good too. No sales tax. Just remember when you come back to Canada, try not to get in line with a female border guard - no matter how short the line is. They're the worst. It'll be like the Spanish inquisition and they'll probably search the car.
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