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Hi all,
My name is Rod, and a s the title implies, I am a South African, now a permanent resident and Green Card holder.
I have a current passport (South African), and am curious if any one here has any experience with travelling into Canada. The wife and I (also from SA), would like to join a few of you on the trip around the lake.

I have no experience with Canadian borders, but have returned to SA a few times with no problem.



Thanks in advance,
Rod
 

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Rod,

Any time I went Canada they seemed happy to see me and crossing was uneventful. Whenever I came back the American guards seemed to be unhappy and more formaland a bit stiff. It didn't seem to matter if I was in a cage or on the bike.

That said if you have all the right documents you should be Ok.
 

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I never had a problem visiting canada as a south african citizen living in the states.
 

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All you will need is a valid passport and you should be fine. Don't try to bring any firearms across the border or you will have them confiscated unless you can prove you are on a hunting trip up here.
 

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Rodsram said:
Thanks for the replies, seems like we're going to Canada.

Rod
Yeah go ahead Rod. The Canadian border control even accept Finns crossing the border so you guys should be fine.:p

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Hi Rod!
There is an on going rant on this site from some guy a year ago that had problems getting across the border from the U.S. into Canada. He thought he was rudely treated. I wasn't there so I can't judge his individual circumstances but I can tell you having crossed the border and back at least 50 times over the last 5 years I have not had any problems. Ocasionally the guards are grumpy (I would be to having to deal with an endless stream of traffic all day), but I keep my mouth shut and let them go about their job. The guys that generally get in trouble at border crossings from my experience tend to be smart mouthed or beligerant. People who want to escallate things generally find out who has the hammer ... and it isn't them. Getting a lesson on who is really in charge here is not the way I want to begin or end a vacation. A simple "yes sir or ma'am" usually gets you through quickly and painlessly. Come on up we would love to see you and if you make it to the West Coast give my a ping.

Ron
 

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I have crossed enough borders in Africa to apreciate that those that wear the uniform are in charge. I agree that being polite and and a "good listener" goes along way in these situations.
If you give "authority" a hard time, you can only blame yourself when the situation starts going sideways - no matter if you are right or not, give them the benefit and be on your merry way.

Thanks again to all who have replied.

Rod
 
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