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Old March 9th, 2006, 06:16 PM
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OK here is a question about customs. We will be arriving in Vancouver, from the States a day prior to our cruise, so with that in mind I know we will have to go through customs when we arrive in Vancouver, and I assume again the next day when we board the ship.

My scenario/question is this We will be departing the ship also in Vancouver > takeing the RCL shuttle transfer directly to Seattle. How is US>Canadian>US customs handled? Or will we be able to "bypass" customs since we will be departing an "Alaskan" location and going directly to Seattle? My concern would be, what ever purchases that we might make on board ship and in Alaska, do we have to declare those purchases, that we are taking right back into the states, for Canadian customs and again for US?

Perhaps I should tell them just to mind their own business

Think that would work?

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1) You will go through Canadian customs and immigraion when you first arrive in Canada. That will not be a problem, our customs are excellent.

2) When you board the ship you will NOT go through Canadian Customs and Immigration again- though you will have to show your passport but you will go through security.

3) If you are going straight back to Seattle on the ship and not re-entering Canada you will NOT go through Canadian customs at all but will of course go through US customs in Seattle or wherever. There you will have to declare what you bought. Even if you did go through Canadian customs, they dont care what you bought as you are taking those things directly back to the USA and they are not staying in Canada.

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We cruised to Vancouver in May, flew out two days later, then did a R/T cruise out of Vancouver and never gave it a thought. Check in at YVR airport was a breeze. Short story...in May, when we checked in at YVR there was a little confusion on our part and we went upstairs before we had our bags tagged. Once up there, they laughingly said they would send someone down for them. They said many ppl have made this mistake. While waiting, we talked and shared stories with the security then the Alaskan Airlines lady came up with our tags and off we went. Truthfully, still easier than LAX.
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1) 3) If you are going straight back to Seattle on the ship and not re-entering Canada you will NOT go through Canadian customs at all but will of course go through US customs in Seattle or wherever. There you will have to declare what you bought. Even if you did go through Canadian customs, they dont care what you bought as you are taking those things directly back to the USA and they are not staying in Canada.

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That would actually be the issue...... We are takeing a RT cruise out of Vancouver>Inside passage>Vancouver. Departing Vancouver, via RCCL Shuttle Transfer, (Motor Coach) that drives you all the way to Seattle. So Technically we would be comming back into Canada, long enought to board the transfer, and they drive us back to the states.

I hope that clairifys my question.

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