Canadian Visitor Information
We are happy to extend our warmest welcome to our friends in Canada. There may be an international border to cross when you visit, but we figure you are close enough to be neighbors and family! Minot has much to offer for your day trips any time. If you are coming for a longer visit, we recommend planning ahead for best availability of accommodations. We look forward to your visit.
New! Personal exemptions for Canadians increase effective June 1, 2012: After an absence from Canada of 24 hours, you may bring back $200 worth of goods duty- and tax-free; after 48 hours, your personal exemption will be $800. There are no exemptions for same day travel.
The United States requires international travelers to show documents providing identity and citizenship. A Canadian passport is strongly recommended. You may also obtain entry to the United States with an enhanced driver's license, enhanced identification card or trusted traveler program card such as NEXUS or FAST cards.
Exemptions and Duty-Free
Non-Tobacco or alcohol products under $60 may be sent to Canada during your visit. If you are visiting overnight or longer, you may also take advantage of a duty-free exemption upon your return.
- 24 hour stay: CAN up to $200. Alcohol and tobacco cannot be claimed.
- 48 hour stay: CAN up to $800. This includes alcohol and tobacco.
- 7 day stay: CAN up to $800. This includes alcohol and tobacco.
Sales Tax Refunds
Canadian residents may obtain a refund of North Dakota sales tax paid on qualifying purchases (those purchased to be used exclusively outside the state; taxable purchases must be a least $25 per receipt and the refund request must be at least $15). Goods consumed in North Dakota, including hotel rooms and dining are not eligible for refund. To obtain a refund, complete and return the Canadian Residents Request for Sales Tax Refund Form available online at www.nd.gov/tax.
For more information about passports and duty free gift and personal exemptions, see these government websites:
U.S. State Department
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol
Canada Border Services Agency
New Person Exemption Limits Effective June 1, 2012