The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is looking into innovative, safe, and faster ways to provide travelers entering Canada with a better border experience.
The Edmonton International Airport (YEG) now offers Advance Declaration to all passengers arriving on international flights. Travelers who complete their Advance Declaration can also take advantage of express lanes in the customs areas to avoid waiting in line for Primary Inspection Kiosks (PIK).
Advance Declaration gives travelers the option to submit their declaration to customs and immigration up to 72 hours before arriving in Canada. When they arrive at the airport, travelers can now spend less time at PIKs, resulting in shorter wait times at the border.
Advance Declaration is already available to travelers arriving on international flights at the following Canadian airports to modernize and expedite the travel experience:
- Calgary (YYC)
- Halifax Stanfield (YHZ)
- Toronto Pearson (YYZ)
- Montreal – Trudeau (YUL)
- Winnipeg Richardson (YWG)
- Quebec City Jean- Lesage (YQB)
- Billy Bishop Toronto City (YTZ)
- Ottawa Macdonald- Cartier (YOW)
- Vancouver (YVR)
Advance Declaration is part of CBSA’s Traveller Modernization initiative, which is being implemented over the coming years. Modernizing the travel experience includes the use of digital technologies and tools for both travellers and border services officers.