It’s an age-old question…or at least it has been haunting me for a long time. I guess it was just one of those things where it seemed like a gray line so I always avoided it. NEXUS is after all a program between Canada and the USA to allow the easy crossing of borders (or so I thought). Thing is, I’ve tried to search this online and could never find a clear answer.
The question has always been this: “If I’m flying back from somewhere that isn’t the United States, can I bypass the Canadian customs officers and use my NEXUS card?” The benefit of being able to do this is that I then don’t need to fill out one of those Canadian customs forms nor do I need to stand in the often long lines.
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So on a recent flight back from Shanghai, I summed up the courage to ask one of the helpers at the custom hall at Pearson International Airport in Toronto. It was music to my ears when they said “Yes you can.”
No alarms blared, nor did I get sent to secondary for violating the program as I thought this could’ve been.
That’s all I wanted to do. I’m setting the record straight. You can pretty much use your NEXUS card every time you come back to Canada no matter from where.
If I look back at the official verbiage from the CBSA (Canadian Border Services Agency) it does kind of make sense because “NEXUS is designed to speed up border crossings for low-risk, pre-approved travellers into Canada and the United States (U.S.)”. So I suppose it doesn’t matter where you’re coming from, it’s about where you’re entering. As a NEXUS card holder, since we’ve already been pre-approved and pre-screened, we can totally use it.
And if you’re Canadian and don’t have a NEXUS card, shame on you and read my post on why you need to sign up for one.
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