Travellers entering Canada must declare all food, plants, animals and related products when entering the country. These items can introduce harmful diseases, pests, viruses and microorganisms that threaten Canadian animals, plants and natural habitats.
For example, seemingly harmless products such as wood carvings or fruits may carry insects and larvae (often invisible to the eye) that are capable of causing significant damage to Canada's forests. Similarly, feathers, meats and other animal products could spread avian influenza (bird flu) or other animal diseases. In addition to affecting Canadian agriculture, many animal diseases may also harm human health and food safety.
Declare all food. Also declare plants, animals and related products.
Avoid contact with farmed animals (including poultry), zoo animals or wildlife for 14 days after you arrive in Canada, if you were exposed to similar animals in other countries.
Avoid visiting Canadian farms for 14 days if you visited a farm or had contact with wild birds while abroad. The footwear you wore should be disinfected and your clothing washed thoroughly and dried at a high temperature. Complete the areas of your Customs Declaration Card regarding farm visits.
It's the law to declare what you are bringing into Canada. It's your responsibility to be informed and make the right decision. And it's your chance to do your part to protect Canada from harmful diseases, pests, viruses and microorganisms that threaten Canadian animals, plants and natural habitats.
Planning a trip to Canada? Check out the Going to Canada website.