Information for U.S. Visitors to Ontario
Only valid passports and Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative-compliant documents are acceptable for entering the U.S. - both for Canadians and returning U.S. residents. View the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative Fact Sheet.
U.S. citizens returning to the United States entering at sea or land ports of entry are required to have documents that comply with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), such as:
- a U.S. passport or passport card
- a trusted traveler card such as NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST
- an enhanced driver's license.
View a list of valid travel documents approved by the Department of Homeland Security.
For additional information on exceptions to the standard requirements as well as duty-free limits, please refer to:
- Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) www.cbsa.gc.ca
- U.S. State Department Tips for Travelers to Canada www.travel.state.gov/travel/
Driving in Ontario
When driving in Ontario U.S. travelers need to be aware that posted speed limits are in kilometers per hour. Here is an approximate conversion chart of commonly posted speed limits:
Be aware also of the following regulations:
- Radar detectors are illegal in Ontario.
- Seat belt use is mandatory in Ontario.
See also the Ontario Ministry of Transport website for additional maps and highway information, including road conditions and highway closures due to construction.
What You Should Know About Ontario's Taxes
Ontario has an 13% Harmonized sales tax (HST), with special taxes on food and liquor in restaurants.
As a visitor you will be charged:
- HST -- the federal Harmonized Sales Tax of 13%. It is composed of a 8% PST (provincial sales tax) and 5% GST. (goods & services tax)
- Room Tax -- 13% HST is charged on most tourist accommodation charges, as well as a 3% destination marketing fee.
- Food Service -- In restaurants, 13% HST will be added to the food portion of your final bill, as well as . . .
- Liquor Service -- a 10% provincial tax on alcoholic beverages