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Customs Regulations for Visitors Bringing Alcohol Into Canada

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Visitors Duty-Free Allowance for Alcohol

If you are a a visitor to Canada, you are allowed to bring a small quantity of alcohol (wine, liquor, beer or coolers) into the country without having to pay duty or taxes as long as:

  • the alcohol accompanies you

  • you meet the minimum legal drinking age for the province or territory at which you enter Canada.

You may bring in one of

  • 1.5 litres (50.7 US ounces) of wine, including wine coolers over 0.5 percent alcohol, or

  • 1.14 litres (38.5 US ounces) of liquor, or

  • a total of 1.14 litres (38.5 US ounces) of wine and liquor, or

  • 24 x 355 millilitre (12 ounce) cans or bottles of beer or ale, including beer coolers over 0.5 percent alcohol (a maximum of 8.5 litres or 287.4 US ounces).

Bringing More Than the Duty-Free Allowance of Alcohol Into Canada

Except in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, if you are a visitor to Canada you may bring in more than the personal allowances of liquor listed above as long as you pay customs and province / territory assessments. The amounts you are allowed to bring into Canada are also limited by the province or territory in which you enter Canada. For details on specific amounts and rates, contact the liquor control authority for the appropriate province or territory before you come to Canada.

Customs Contact Information

If you have questions or require more information on bringing alcohol into Canada, please contact the Canada Borders Services Agency.

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