If you are coming to Toronto from another country, you will need to pass through Border Control (also known as Customs). The process is relatively simple, but it can be intimidating for some. We encourage you to get familiar with the process and be prepared.
You may be required to go through a more thorough Customs inspection after picking up your bag. This is nothing to be concerned about, but it might be surprising if you were not expecting it. Agents may ask to inspect your bags to ensure that you are not bringing anything restricted or illegal. To help speed up the process, have all items easily accessible and have receipts for any recently purchased expensive items, such as electronics.
For an easy trip through customs, you should have all of your important documents with you
- study permit documents
- visa (if necessary)
- acceptance letter from U of T
- a declaration card (which you will be given on the plane)
What you can bring with you
You may bring as much clothing, and as many books and electronic items for personal use, as your baggage allowance permits. However, some other types of items are restricted. You should familiarize yourself with what is allowed and not allowed to be brought into Canada – visit the Canada Border Service website for detailed information.
Most airlines also have restrictions about what you’re allowed to bring on the plane. You should check your airline’s policies before departure to avoid disappointment.
Also, remember that you can bring less luggage by buying things after you arrive, such as winter clothing and your favorite foods!