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Customs and what can you bring to Vancouver

Customs and what can you bring to Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver view from Stanley Park. Photo by Veeka B.

When coming to Vancouver from another country you are restricted as to what you can bring, including alcohol, tobacco, gifts and prohibited items. Below is a summary of the current rules and regulations, though you should check the Canada Border Services Agency Website for the most up-to-date information.

The limits for alcohol and tobacco apply to visitors who are aged 19 and over.


You can import only one of the following:

  • 1.5 liters (53 imperial ounces) of wine;
  • 1.14 liters (40 ounces) of liquor;
  • A total of 1.14 liters (40 ounces) of wine and liquor; or
  • 24 x 355 milliliter (12 ounces) cans or bottles (maximum of 8.5 liters) of beer or ale.


You can import all of the following without paying duty:

  • 200 cigarettes
  • 50 cigars or cigarillos
  • 200 grams (7 ounces) of manufactured tobacco; and
  • 200 tobacco sticks.


If you are bringing gifts for people in Canada, you can import gifts tax-free if each individual gift is up to $60 CDN in value. If an individual gift is valued at over $60 you will have to pay duty and taxes on the excess amount.

Food Products

Canada is very strict on visitors bringing in perishable and food products. Do not attempt to bring with you meat, eggs, dairy products, honey, fresh fruits and vegetables from anywhere else in the world.


The importation of plants is also prohibited due to the potential for carrying disease.

Other Prohibited Items

Many firearms as well as dangerous goods, mace, pepper spray etc are prohibited. If you are intending to bring anything like this with you to Vancouver, check the restrictions thoroughly before leaving home.