Blog and AnnouncementsStephanie - Destination Specialists, Toronto

Marijuana Laws and Crossing the Border

Marijuana Laws and Crossing the Border

Now that Marijuana is becoming legal in Canada as of October 17, 2018, what does that mean for Canadian travellers looking to head to the U.S. en-route to the South Pacific?  The short answer is not to bring marijuana with you (or back in through the U.S. when returning home).  

Here are some things to consider when travelling, or stopping through, the United States once cannabis becomes legal:

  1. What happens when you admit to having used pot (currently or in the past)?:  As cannabis is illegal in America, guards at the border do have the right to question visitors about drug use, cannabis investments or employment in a marijuana-related industry such as a medical centre.  Answer the questions as honestly as you can, make sure you aren’t carrying any pot with you, and know that it is possible to still be banned from entering the United States if you admit to using the drug recreationally.  In rare instances, you may be blocked from entering the U.S. indefinitely (you’d then have to apply to get the permanent ban lifted in five years’ time and this could come at a costly waiver expense).
  2. Factor in extra time before you head on your onward flight: For Canadian travellers, this could mean you may need to expect to be spending a bit more time at the airport security booths answering marijuana-related and pot-use questions.  Your Destination Specialist, when finalizing your flight details, will ensure there is a sufficient amount of time between your flight from Canada to the U.S. and your onward flight from the U.S. to the South Pacific, should any border delays crop up.
  3. You can avoid answering questions related to cannabis: Lying to border guards can make you inadmissible.  And while border guards cannot force you to take a lie-detector test, or even a drug test for that matter, you can opt to decline to answer any pot-related questions.  This might get you turned away—but you won’t be banned permanently from entering the country.  It is easier, of course, to withdraw your application, rather than become banned; however, this in turn can make things difficult when you have an onward flight to board.

This blog post is for informational purposes only and may not apply to everyone.  For any personal questions about your own travel situation or needs, we recommend speaking with an American immigration legal attorney.  The Canadian government also has information on its website on cannabis and international travel.

Contact Downunder Travel today on how we can help you plan a seamless travel experience.

For further information on questions you may receive about marijuana past use, stocks, or industry-related employment, please visit the Canadian government’s travel warnings.

Written by: Stephanie (Destination Specialist)

Building life’s greatest experiences

Downunder Travel Ready-Made Adventure

Adventure Filter

Australia
Guided Australia

This exciting guided tour gets travellers to explore the many exciting aspects that make up...

$4,599CAD/per person
9 Days, 8 Nights

ENQUIRE NOW

Uganda
Wildlife Explorer

Our Uganda Wildlife Explorer camping tour is perfect for those wanting adventure! Spend 10 nights...

$3,220CAD/per person
13 Days, 12 Nights

ENQUIRE NOW

Thailand
Thailand & Hong Kong

Another city that ‘never sleeps’, Hong Kong is alive with its lively nightlife, markets, theatres...

$3,399CAD/per person
13 Days, 12 Nights

ENQUIRE NOW

On Sale
Fiji
Fiji Diving

On the most northerly tip of Fiji’s largest island, Viti Levu, lies a headland where,...

$4,799CAD/per person
10 Days, 9 Nights

ENQUIRE NOW

South Africa
The Spectacular South

This is an incredible 15-day South African small-group guided tour – offering breathtaking sceneries, wildlife,...

$4479CAD/per person
15 Days, 14 Nights

ENQUIRE NOW

On Sale
Bora Bora
Bora Bora SALE

Bora Bora is the island known for true romance!  At just a brief 50-minute flight...

$5,110CAD/per person
8 Days, 7 Nights

ENQUIRE NOW

Cook Islands
Round Rarotonga Race

Held in September every year in beautiful Rarotonga, Cook Islands, this week is totally geared...

$2,968USD/per person
13 Days, 12 Nights

ENQUIRE NOW

On Sale
Samoa
Samoa Sale

Return to Paradise is a relaxing resort, popular among families, couples and honeymooners with the...

$3,570CAD/per person
14 Days, 13 Nights

ENQUIRE NOW

Limited Offer
Cook Islands
Cook Islands Escape

In the heart of the South Pacific, neatly between Hawaii and New Zealand, are the...

$2,822CAD/per person
13 Days, 12 Nights

ENQUIRE NOW

Limited Offer
Australia & Fiji
Longstay Fiji & AUS

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort is an award-winning 5-star luxury resort situated in the heart of...

$4,626CAD/per person
29 Days, 28 Nights

ENQUIRE NOW

Tanzania & Kenya
Wildebeest Migration

Join our East Africa Migration Discoverer lodge safari and follow the famous wildebeest migration! Travel...

$8,200CAD/per person
15 Days, 14 Nights

ENQUIRE NOW

Fiji
Fiji Island Discovery

Some of the best ways to discover Fiji is to visit more than one island!...

$3,599USD/per person
10 Days, 9 Nights

ENQUIRE NOW

New Zealand
Best of NZ Self Drive

This is an incredible New Zealand self-drive tour that offers you the best of both...

$6,716CAD/per person
22 Days, 21 Nights

ENQUIRE NOW

Botswana
Accommodated Adventure

Your journey will take you throguh some of Botawana’s and Zimbabwe’s spectacular game reserves.  Starting...

$6,210CAD/per person
16 Days, 15 Nights

ENQUIRE NOW

New Zealand
Hop-on Hop-off National P

On this transportation pass over 4 to 5 weeks in New Zealand, the mission is...

$1514CAD/per person
28 Days, 27 Nights

ENQUIRE NOW

Search and find your next adventure

African Safari

“Our group of 4 travelled to Africa, 4 different countries, many flights, hotels and tours under the guidance of Jason at Down Under Travel. The trip was amazing especially the safaris. Jason’s attention to detail made this trip outstanding. Truly a trip of a lifetime that was arranged perfectly. Don’t hesitate to book with this company, you will not be disappointed.”

M. O'Bryan

Ghan Platinum Trip

Just to let you know we arrived safely back home late yesterday after a wonderful trip. Thank you for setting it all up. We saw almost no rain but the day that it did rain was when we arrived in Darwin. Having Platinum [The Ghan] meant our transfer bus was right beside the train whereas the Gold passengers had quite a walk to get to the station. The train is almost a kilometer long so it meant a walk in the rain for some.

G. Bernhardt

Melbourne, Cairns & Sydney!

The tours in Melbourne, Cairns and Sydney were exceptional.  The guides were all very informative and helpful when explaining the sites, sometimes throwing in their own personal stories too.  In Melbourne we enjoyed: the hop on/off bus tour, the Central Historical tram, the Treasury and ANZAC Memorial is is very worthwhile, The Great Ocean Road with our small group tour was fabulous and the Penguin Parade with underground viewing is definitely a must-see!  The Cairns tours are remarkable; I enjoyed our small personalized group travel to Frankland Island (including guided walk), the Kuranda Train, Skyrail and Hartley’s offered a great variety and St. Monica’s Cathedral with its stained glass windows are a hidden gem!  In Sydney, we enjoyed so much; the Ferry boat was easy to manage, The Sydney Opera House was definitely a highlight, our Harbour Cruise was fantastic and our Blue Mountains tour with hike was lovely, definitely another must-experience.

In addition to the terrific tours, our flights and connections were seamless and the personal touches and the variety of experienced offered on this trip was one of a kind!  I look forward to working with you again in the not too distant future!

W. MGee

Super Thank-You for completely arranging our 5 week trip!

We would like to say a super Thank You to Jason Webb at Downunder Travel. For completely arranging our 5 week trip to New Zealand, Australia, Bora Bora, Paul Gauguin Cruise in Tahiti & return to Canada. Jason booked all our airline travel, chauffeur pick ups, & travel dates. These were very convenient scheduled & were all on time. Twelve air planes in 34 days. Jason had the knowledge & experience to pre-book excellent hotels, exceptional tours & timely transfers. We had a memorable, enjoyable carefree trip due to Jason’s knowledgeable preparation.

Bonnie & Kent

Selection of excursions were suited to our interests

Kudos to Sawyer, our travel agent from Downunder Travel, who did a fantastic job of arranging our trip to Fiji. Her attention to detail was impeccable.

We were delayed for takeoff from Calgary to San Francisco due to weather and Sawyer helped us with our hotel bookings and transfers en-route to San Francisco. As well, she automatically readjusted our Fiji itinerary to coincide with our missed arrival dates in Fiji.

When we were planning our trip, we told Sawyer what our interests were, and her selection of excursions were exactly suited to our interests. Her choice of accommodations was excellent.

Jim & Mary

A Phenomenal South Pacific Adventure

A special thanks for putting my phenomenal South Pacific Adventure of a lifetime together.  Much appreciation for all the hard work that you have endured to make my trip a most memorable adventure.  I have totally enjoyed every aspect of the trip.  I will definitely recommend this itinerary to anyone looking for a trip of a lifetime.

A. Millette

We will be recommending you to anyone we know

We absolutely loved our vacation, Jason!  Kudos to you with your recommendations, bookings, etc.  Everything came off without a hitch –  excursion pickups, airport shuttles were always on time.  We made out great driving on the wrong side of the road, and steering wheel on wrong side of car lol.  Air New Zealand was a great choice for our main flights, flight attendants came to our seats and thanked us personally for flying with Air New Zealand.  Again, we have to thank you so much Jason for helping us plan such a fantastic vacation – such a great time.  Hopefully we will vacation in another area you sell and we’ll need your services again.  We will definitely be recommending you to anyone we know.

C. Hinks

Southern Africa 25 Day Tour

“Heard about this place through a friend and decided to inquire about a trip to Southern Africa. Jason did a fantastic job with very little time and set up a 25 day trip, flights included. Was excellent at every stage and everything went off without a hitch. Would absolutely recommend, and will most definitely be a repeat customer.”

J. Szoo

3 Week Australia Trip!

Our family would like to thank you for coordinating an amazing trip to Australia!  We only had 3 weeks but we were able to experience so much with an itinerary that was seamless and worry free!

Every spot was memorable, from the Grampians to Kangaroo Island, to a liveaboard on the GBR and the bright lights of Melbourne and Sydney  – a spectacular country and can’t wait to go back!

We definitely recommend Downunder Travel and are grateful to Andree for all her help and expertise in creating a wonderful adventure!

Maureen

Best Vacation Ever

Jason created the Best Vacation Ever for us – a month long trip to Australia travelling the east coast, the Red Center and south. All arrangements, locations, excursions, transfers were well executed which resulted in a stress free vacation for us! Thanks so much for your attention to all the details. Would definitely recommend that others trust Jason to make their entire trip as spectacular as ours was.
Gregory’s and Short’s

L. Gregory

Australia, Africa, and more!

“A group of 9 travelers wanted to do a tour of Australia. 4 of us have been using Jason at Downunder Travel since 2005. We are a group with agricultural interests so we were hoping to see the diversity of Australia with as many ag components as possible. We met with Jason and he compiled an itinerary for us which gave us another trip of a lifetime. Jason’s attention to detail is truly amazing. Everything happened without a glitch which makes for a worry-free holiday. He also allowed for some free days if anything needed rearranged. We are already planning our next holiday with his company. Kudos to Jason!”

T. Evans

NZ and Cook Islands

“Jason planned our 3 week honeymoon to New Zealand and Cook Islands in October 2016. Jason was very knowledgeable and saved us so much time not trying to plan the trip details ourselves! We had an amazing time, with everything going smoothly. Overall, happy to recommend his service to anyone else planning to go “down under” 🙂 .”

L. Filipic

Wonderful Thailand and Myanmar!

Thanks for organizing and planning our recent trip to Thailand and Myanmar. We had a wonderful, magical month on some Thai islands, and tremendously enjoyed Mandalay and particularly, Bagan. The hot air balloon ride, is not to be missed.  Our next trip to that part of the world , we will certainly use your expertise Andree.

T. Baker

New Zealand Self-Drive

“We spent 6.5 wonderful weeks exploring both Islands in New Zealand. Jason met with us to understand our interests and a sense of where we hoped to travel while there. Accommodations, day trips, half day tours etc all ran without a hitch. At one point we thought we might be seeking medical assistance at a drop in clinic. Not sure about the process with Medical Insurance, we sent him a note to which he quickly responded and we really appreciated. We are very thankful for the arrangements and bookings that helped make the time there truly great. Thanks Jason.”

D. Nixon

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *