DID YOU KNOW THE WINDSOR-DETROIT BORDER IS THE
BUSIEST INTERNATIONAL CROSSING IN NORTH AMERICA?
More than 40,000 commuters, tourists and truck drivers carrying $323 million worth of goods cross the Windsor-Detroit border each day.
covid -19 information
Click visitwindsoressex.com/COVID19 for details on how the pandemic is affecting cross border travel. As of March 20th, 2020 non-essential travel between Canada and the US is not-permitted.
As of January 29th, 2021 additional travel restrictions for international travel in to Canada were implemented, which also impacts cross border driver travel.
- Canadian airlines including Air Canada, Westjet, Sunwing and Air Transat are cancelling air service to all Caribbean destinations and Mexico starting this Sunday and lasting through April 30th, 2021
- All international passenger flights must land in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto or Montreal
- The government will soon introduce mandatory COVID-19 testing at airports for people coming into Canada and travellers will have to wait in hotels for test results for up to 3 days at their own expense
- If negative, travellers will be able to quarantine at home with increased surveillance and enforcement
- If positive, travellers will be required to quarantine in designated government facilities
- The government will soon require non-essential travellers to show a negative test entering at land borders with the U.S. and Trudeau says they’re working on additional testing requirements soon
Toll (passenger vehicle): $6.25 CDN or $5.00 U.S.
For detailed information regarding toll rates, please visit https://www.ambassadorbridge.com/
Crossing into Canada, the Ambassador Bridge is your most direct link to:
- Highway 3
- Highway 401
- E.C. Row Expressway
Crossing into the U.S., the Ambassador Bridge is a direct link to many major arteries/destinations, including:
- I-75 (easy access to Southbound I-75)
- Detroit Metropolitan Airport
- Duty Free Shopping
Shopping “duty free” means no GST, no federal tax, no manufacturing tax, no excise tax and no provincial tax. It all adds up to huge savings for you!
Toll (passenger vehicle):
Windsor to Detroit: $4.75 CDN or $4.50 U.S.
Detroit to Windsor: $5.00 U.S. or $5.75 CDN
For detailed information regarding toll rates, please visit http://www.dwtunnel.com/Rates.aspx
Crossing into Canada, the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel is a direct link to:
- Downtown Windsor/Ouellette Avenue
- Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino
- Windsor International Airport
- VIA Rail
Crossing into the U.S., the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel is a direct link to:
- Downtown Detroit
- The Lodge Freeway (M-10)
- I-75 (easy access to Northbound I-75)
- Detroit Metropolitan Airport
- Duty Free Shopping
With dozens of marinas along our 100 mile coast line, we are a great destination for day and over night boating trips. Be prepared before you set sail! Due to COVID-19 restrictions, crossing the border for recreation or tourism is currently prohibited – please see below for further details.
The Canada Border Services Agency is reminding boaters that with the onset of warmer weather, boat and pleasure craft owners may be inclined to take their boats across the border on inland or coastal waterways, or to come to their cottages in Canada. These activities are considered discretionary (non-essential) travel according to temporary travel restrictions currently in place, and are, therefore, prohibited. Boaters are still permitted to navigate across international waters if needed, but are not allowed to enter Canadian territorial or boundary waters for discretionary, leisure (non-essential) reasons, including entry for touring, sightseeing and pleasure fishing.
Boaters who enter Canada without reporting to the CBSA (including for the purpose of re-fuelling) may face severe penalties, including monetary penalties, seizure of their vessels and/or criminal charges. The minimum fine for failing to report to the CBSA upon entry to Canada is $1,000. Furthermore, non-compliance by foreign nationals may affect their immigration admissibility and ability to re-enter Canada in the future.
In addition, failure to comply with the current border entry restrictions is an offence under the Quarantine Act and could lead to up to 6 months in prison and/or $750,000 in fines. Further, a person who causes a risk of imminent death or serious bodily harm to another person while wilfully or recklessly contravening this act or the regulations could be liable for a fine of up to $1,000,000 or imprisonment of up to 3 years or both.
By Ferry (via Pelee Island, ON)
- Ferry service between Sandusky and Pelee Island will be passenger only for 2020. Access for vehicles on/off the Island will be available through Leamington, ON or Kingsville, ON mainland ports.
- For the complete sailing schedule from Pelee Island, ON to Sandusky, OH and Pelee Island, ON to Kingsville, ON or Leamington, ON, please click here.
Border Wait Times
A valid passport (or other supporting documentation) is needed to cross the border between Canada and the United States.
All persons, including U.S. citizens, travelling between the United States and Canada are required to present a valid passport, or other documents as determined by the Department of Homeland Security.Recent legislative changes have introduced new documentation (alternative to a passport) that are accepted at land or sea border crossings from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean or Bermuda. These include a Passport Card and/or an Enhanced Driver’s License, issued by the following states: Michigan, Washington state, Vermont and New York. For further information on all of these documents under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, please visit cbp.gov for more information.
If you have additional questions, please call 313-393-3793 ext 0 for U.S. Customs or call 519-257-6473 for Canadian Customs.
NEXUS is designed to expedite the border clearance process for low-risk, pre-approved travelers into Canada and the United States.
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are cooperating in this joint venture to simplify border crossings for members, while enhancing security.
To become a member in this program, you must:
- submit an application and go through a registration process;
- satisfy the eligibility criteria;
- be admissible in Canada and the United States; and
- pass risk assessments by both countries.
Windsor offers an international transit system, giving you the option at affordable and easy transfers to and from the City of Detroit daily.
The Tunnel Bus, operated by Transit Windsor, is an exclusive feature of the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. It offers low cost transportation between downtown Windsor and Detroit – perfect for quick, easy trips and for special outings such as sports, entertainment, and cultural events in Windsor’s and Detroit’s core areas. Buses leave from the Windsor International Transit Terminal at 300 Chatham Street West.
Visit Transit Windsor or call 519-944-4111 or 311 for more details or to reserve your seat.
Tunnel Bus Fare: (Exact Fare Only)
One way (including service to Cobo Center/Hall, Rosa Parks Transit Center, Campus Martius and Hart Plaza.) – $5 CDN/U.S. each way.
One way special event service to Comerica Park, Ford Field and little Caesars Arena – $5 CDN/U.S. each way.
Cannabis and International Travel
In April 2017, the Government of Canada introduced Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, to legalize, strictly regulate and restrict access to cannabis. On June 21, 2018, the Cannabis Act received Royal Assent. This marks an important step in the process of legalizing and regulating cannabis in Canada. For more information, visit Health Canada’s Cannabis page.
Royal Assent does not equal legalization. Until October 17, 2018, it remains illegal to buy, possess or use cannabis in Canada for anything other than authorized medical or research purposes.
Under the Cannabis Act, the legalization of cannabis in Canada will not change Canada’s border rules. Taking cannabis or any product containing cannabis into Canada will remain illegal and can result in serious criminal penalties both at home and abroad.
This will be the case even if you are travelling from places that have legalized or decriminalized cannabis. Transporting cannabis used for medical purposes will also remain illegal.
Travellers entering Canada can contribute to a smooth border crossing by understanding and complying with their obligations at the Canadian border.
It is illegal to bring cannabis into Canada. If you do have cannabis or products containing cannabis with you when you enter Canada, you must declare them to the Canada Border Services Agency. If you do not declare cannabis products when you enter Canada, you can face enforcement action, including arrest and prosecution.
Taking cannabis across the border is and will remain illegal.
Under the Cannabis Act, the legalization of cannabis in Canada will not change Canada’s border rules. Taking cannabis or any product containing cannabis across Canada’s international borders will remain illegal and can result in serious criminal penalties both at home and abroad.
This will be the case even if you are travelling to places that have legalized or decriminalized cannabis. Transporting cannabis used for medical purposes will also remain illegal.
Cannabis is illegal in most countries. Previous use of cannabis, or any other substance prohibited by local law, could result in a traveler being denied entry to their destination country.
Each country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements. Involvement in the legal cannabis industry in Canada could also result in your being denied entry.
Travelers are responsible for learning about the laws of the countries they intend to visit. See our Travel Advice and Advisories for information on your destination.
Travelers to the United States
Although the possession of cannabis is legal in some U.S. states, it remains illegal under U.S. federal laws in any form and quantity, making it illegal to bring across the Canada-U.S. border.
Previous use of cannabis, or any substance prohibited by U.S. federal laws, could mean that you are denied entry to the U.S. Involvement in the legal cannabis industry in Canada could also result in your being denied entry.
Even after cannabis is legalized in Canada, do not attempt to cross the Canada-U.S. border with any amount of cannabis in any form, even if you are travelling to a U.S. state that has legalized possession of cannabis. If you do so you can expect legal prosecution and fines, and possibly jail time.
Please click here for a 45 second video on “Cannabis and the Border”.
Don’t bring it in. Don’t take it out.
If you are entering Canada from another country, remember: if you have cannabis with you in any form, you must declare it to the Canada Border Services Agency. Not declaring cannabis in your possession at the Canadian border could also lead to arrest and prosecution.
If you are leaving Canada, remember: you may not take cannabis out of the country either. You may be subject to criminal charges if you attempt to travel to other countries with any amount of cannabis in your possession.