Entry requirements for U.S. citizens traveling to Canada on business

March 30, 2017 Mark Dauner

U.S. business travelers must meet certain requirements in order to enter Canada from the United States. This applies to travelers entering Canada by air as well as at physical border crossings.  In addition to a valid passport, travelers must bring the following two documents with them: 

  • A letter of invitation from the Canadian company or party the traveler will be visiting
  • A business letter from the traveler's employer documenting the purpose for the trip and approximately how long the traveler will be in Canada.

Is this really necessary?

If you're a frequent business traveler to Canada and you're reading this, you may be thinking, "I have never had to show these documents in order to enter Canada." That may be true. While these requirements are not new, Travel and Transport has received reports that Canadian officials are enforcing these rules more frequently in recent months. Not having the proper documentation could mean delays at the border and the possibility of being detained or turned away. We recommend being prepared rather than putting your Canadian business trip at risk. 

Resources

If you're a Travel and Transport customer, our international travel counselors have been trained on Canadian entry requirements and will advise travelers on what they need to enter the country. 

There are certain requirements that must be present in each letter. Travel and Transport partner PVSglobal offers templates that will help get you started in drafting them: 

Canadian Letter of Invitation Template - PVSglobal Canadian Business Letter Template - PVSglobal

More information on entry requirements for Canada can be found at the Government of Canada's Immigration and Citizenship website

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