Customs and immigration

You may need to clear:

  • Canadian customs and immigration if your flight into Pearson is international (includes US) and your flight out of Pearson is domestic
  • US Customs if your flight out of Pearson is to the US

Canadian customs and immigration

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) screens travellers landing in Canada at Pearson Airport. If you are arriving on a US or international flight, you will need to confirm your identity with CBSA and declare any goods that you are bringing into the country.

Arriving in Terminal 1

If your flight arrives at Terminal 1, you will receive a paper customs declaration form to fill out during your flight. After you get off the plane, follow the directions to see a border services officer, who will verify your documents.

Automated border clearance (ABC)

Some passengers arriving in Terminal 1 can use the ABC kiosks to speed up their customs clearance process.

You can use the ABC kiosk if

  • You are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, or a U.S. citizen and
  • You have a valid Canadian passport or permanent resident card, or U.S. passport

How to use the ABC kiosk

  1. Fill out the Declaration Card you received on your flight.
  2. When you arrive at Terminal 1, go to one of the ABC kiosks located in the Canadian inspection services area.
  3. Follow the steps on the kiosk: insert your completed declaration card and answer the questions.
  4. Present your receipt and travel documents to the border services officer at the next checkpoint.

Clearing customs

There are detailed rules about what you may bring into Canada, both as a foreign traveller or a returning citizen. Some items may be subject to duty, taxes or restrictions, or even prohibited.

Arriving in Terminal 3

If your flight arrives in Terminal 3, you can use a primary inspection kiosk (PIK) to confirm your identity and submit your customs declaration. Up to five travellers with the same place of residence can use a kiosk together.

How to use the PIK

  1. Scan your travel document (for example: passport or permanent resident card)
  2. Take your photo at the kiosk when prompted
  3. Answer a few questions to complete your declaration
  4. Take your kiosk receipt to a border services officer

Look for one of our representatives if you need help using the kiosk. 

Who cannot use the kiosks?

The following travellers will be directed to a border services officer for in-person processing:

  • Unaccompanied minors
  • Travellers with a non-machine-readable travel document

NEXUS members and diplomats

If you are a NEXUS member, you can choose to use the dedicated NEXUS kiosk or use your passport at one of the PIKs. Diplomats and their families should continue to use the special services counter for in-person processing.

Save time with the eDeclaration app

Use the eDeclaration app to clear customs faster.

You can use the app if:

  • You are arriving at Terminal 3
  • You are an adult
  • Your passport or travel document is machine readable

If you are unable to use a kiosk, go directly to the border services officer.

Clearing customs

There are detailed rules about what you may bring into Canada, both as a foreign traveller or a returning citizen. Some items may be subject to duty, taxes or restrictions, or even prohibited. 

US Customs at Pearson

With US Customs at Pearson Airport, travellers to the US clear US customs and immigration before boarding their flight.

Priority lines

NEXUS cardholders and airline passengers with priority access may use a dedicated line at US customs by showing their boarding pass and a valid Nexus card or Customs Declaration form or card.

Kiosks

Some passengers can use the Automated Passport Control kiosks which make it easier and faster to move through US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) processing by automating the traditional paper declaration form.

To use the kiosk, passengers will need one or more of the following:

  • A valid B1/B2 Visa
  • An Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)
  • A Legal Permanent Resident Card
  • A Border Crossing Card
  • An American Passport or Canadian passport

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