Bon Voyage

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Excerpts from the Bon Voyage, but... section of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade website.

  • Not everybody likes to have his/ her picture taken. Local people may resent you for taking their photograph or they may demand money for the picture after it has been taken. Always ask first.

  • Never take photographs of military facilities, a harbour where naval vessels are docked or industrial installations such as oil refineries. You may lose your film and your camera, and could even come under suspicion of espionage.

  • In some countries, possession of even small amounts of drugs carries the death penalty.

  • More than 2,200 Canadians are currently imprisoned abroad for various offences; 60 per cent of those are in the United States. The laws and customs of countries around the world can be very different from those in Canada. Ignorance of those laws is no defence.

  • Even if you are an innocent bystander at a demonstration or riot, you may be considered a participant and rounded up with those involved. Your Canadian citizenship does not grant you immunity.

  • A single sausage illegally brought into Canada caused foot-and-mouth disease, destroying cattle and costing Canadians more than $1 billion. Every year, thousands of travellers fail to declare things like cheese, meat, animal hides, live birds, plants and fruit. These items may carry pests and diseases, and pose a risk to human health. Canadian law says you must declare all plant and animal products you bring back.

  • Certain goods are restricted from entering Canada. If you are considering importing meat or dairy products, plants, weapons, vehicles, or exotic animals or products made from their skins or feathers, contact Canada Customs beforehand for guidance.

  • Obscene materials, hate propaganda, most weapons, including firearms, and goods harmful to the environment are prohibited from entering Canada.

  • To avoid unpleasant surprises, find out whether you, your spouse or any other family member is a citizen of another country. If you are considered a national, you may be compelled to do military service or pay special taxes.