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Advice for Canadians in Arizona and sunbelt states

Collage of U.S. and Canadian flags with Arizona road sign.
Being prepared when travelling can save you headaches down the road. — Photo: RVwest

The vast majority of Canadians who visit Arizona have a safe and rewarding experience. To make the most of your stay and prevent problems before they occur, we encourage you to follow these recommendations.

  • Consult your Travel Advice and Advisories for the United States at travel.gc.ca/destinations/united-states for the latest updates.
  • Sign up for the Registration of Canadians Abroad service at travel.gc.ca/register so we can contact and assist you in an emergency abroad, such as a natural disaster or civil unrest, or inform you of an emergency at home.
  • Carry a valid Canadian passport. A passport is the only reliable and universally acceptable travel document. Canadian citizens returning to Canada who present other documents such as a Certificate of Canadian Citizenship, birth certificate, provincial driver’s license, or foreign passport, instead of a Canadian passport, may face delays or be denied boarding by transport companies.
  • Obtain all required visas or permits, if you will be marrying, studying, residing, or working in the U.S. For more information on documentation requirements, please refer to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at usics.gov/
  • Need your passport replaced? The Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles can offer you emergency passport services under certain circumstances. Please contact our consular staff for more information.
  • Travelling with children? Additional documents may be needed is a child is travelling abroad alone, with only one parent/guardian, with friends or relatives, or with a group. For further information about children and travel, visit travel.gc.ca/child.
  • Travelling for a long time? A maximum admission period of six months is the norm for Canadian citizens visiting the U.S. The length of time you are allowed to visit is determined by U.S. officials when you enter the country. Be careful not to overstay your allotted time.
  • Be aware that if you break U.S. laws, you are subject to the local judicial system. The U.S. Zero Tolerance Policy imposes severe penalties for the possession of even a small amount of an illegal drug.
  • Are you prepared for a natural disaster? Heavy rains and floods can occur at any time. There may be disruptions in transport, utilities, emergency and medical care, as well as food, fuel and water supplies. Visit Arizona Emergency Information Network website at ein.az.gov for further information.
  • Did you purchase travel insurance? Invest in the best travel insurance you can afford before leaving Canada to avoid the high cost of trip cancellation, hospitalization and medical evacuation. For more information, go to travel.gc.ca/insurance.
  • Sign up with Connect2Canada.com, a network where Canadians in the U.S. can receive updates, exchange news and ideas, and find out what is happening in the United States in relation to Canada.

For consular services in Arizona, Clark County (Nevada), and southern California, contact:

Consulate General of Canada
550 South Hope Street, 9th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071 USA
Tel: 213-346-2700
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.losangeles.gc.ca

In case of an emergency you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre 24/7 in Ottawa by telephone at +1-613-996-8885 (collect calls accepted) or by email at [email protected].

The information provided compliments of the Arizona State RV Travel Guide.  Learn more by downloading their publication or visiting their website at AZRVguide.com. Look for the Arizona State RV Travel Guide at visitors centres throughout Arizona.

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