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PASSPORTS & VISAS IN CANADA

Please be aware that visas may be needed for entry into your destination country, or for any countries that you are transiting. Yu need to ensure that you are in possession of all necessary and up-to-date travel and health documents before you travel. If you are in doubt at any time as to your visa and passport requirements relevant to your travel plans, further information can be found online from the UK government here and from Canadian immigration here.

As of 1 October 2014, British Citizens do not require a visa for stays as tourists in Canada, but you must hold a valid passport, sufficient funds to maintain yourself while in Canada and evidence of return or onward transport. No additional period of passport validity beyond this is required, but it is always sensible to have a short period of extra validity on your passport in case of any unforeseen delays to your departure (six months validity remaining on your passport is a general recommendation for foreign travel).

ELECTRONIC SYSTEM FOR TRAVEL AUTHORISATION (ESTA) FOR THE USA (includes Alaska)

An ESTA is required for UK travellers taking an INSIDE PASSAGE CRUISE from Vancouver in Canada to Alaska in the USA.

It is very important when travelling to the USA that you have a valid passport with at least six months remaining after your return, the appropriate documentation and Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA). Failure to have the appropriate documentation may result in you not being able to travel, so do make sure you have the correct documentation - you can find further information here

NEW ELECTRONIC TRAVEL AUTHORISATION (eTA) FOR CANADA

Under this new programme, citizens from countries other than the United States of America, but who do not require a visa to enter Canada, will instead need to obtain an online authorization before flying to Canada. Details of this new scheme are still emerging (www.cic.gc.ca/english has further details). As of 28 November 2014, we have been informed that the system will not be implemented until November 2015.

 
PROHIBITED TRAVEL ITEMS
No sharp objects, including pen knives or nail clippers, scissors or files, must be taken into the plane cabin. All liquids may also be refused in cabin baggage, unless you can prove, with appropriate certification, that they are for essential use (please check your airline’s documentation for its specific policy on this). Such items will be confiscated unless they are in hold baggage. 

Also see Taxes & Customs.