When traveling between Canada and the United States, it will be necessary to pass through Customs and Border Protection at the border. You will need the following travel documents:

  • A U.S. Passport, Passport Card, Enhanced Driver License or an Enhanced ID Card (EDL/ID) is REQUIRED to cross the U.S./Canadian border by land and sea.
  • A Passport is required for air travel.
  • A Passport Card or EDL/ID are NOT valid for air travel.

If you are not a United States or Canadian born citizen you will be required to have a passport and possibly a Visa. Airlines will require a passport for all travelers. Refer to the list of websites below for current visa requirements.

Children and Infants Require More Proof

When traveling by land or sea, U.S. or Canadian children under age 16 and infants are required to provide proof of citizenship. They may present one of the following documents:

  • An original or copy of his or her birth certificate
  • A consular report of birth abroad
  • A naturalization certificate
  • A citizenship card

If both birth parents are not present, you must provide a signed (preferably notarized) statement from the parent(s) authorizing the child to travel out of the country or proof of custody.

Children from countries other than the U.S. or Canada will require a passport and possibly a Visa. Failure to provide such evidence may make you inadmissible to Canada.

Organized Student Groups

Groups of Children: U.S. and Canadian citizen children under age 19 arriving by land or sea from contiguous territory and traveling with a school group, religious group, social or cultural organization, or sports team are also required to provide proof of citizenship. They may present one of the following documents:

  • An original or copy of his or her birth certificate
  • A consular report of birth abroad
  • A naturalization certificate
  • A citizenship card

The group should be prepared to present a letter on organizational letterhead with the following information:

  • The name of the group and supervising adult
  • A list of the children on the trip, and the primary address, phone number, date of birth, place of birth, and name of at least one parent or legal guardian for each child
  • A written and signed statement of the supervising adult certifying that he or she has obtained parental or legal guardian consent for each participating child

What is an Enhanced Driver License or Enhanced ID Card?

US citizens who are Washington state residents are eligible to purchase an Enhanced Driver License or Enhanced ID Card. This EDL/ID will meet the requirements for proof of citizenship to re-enter the US from Canada and Mexico by land or sea. Many other states have or will soon have EDL/ID available for their residents, check with your local DOL for more information. Further information is available at the Washington State Department of Licensing website.

As of August 24, 2017, states/provinces offering an Enhanced Driver License/Enhanced ID Card include:

Washington state
Michigan
Minnesota
New York
Vermont
British Columbia
Manitoba
Ontario
Quebec

If You’ve Ever Had a Felony…(Including a DUI)

Persons with a felony may be denied entrance into Canada. If you have been convicted of a crime in the United States it may be considered a felony in Canada. A Driving Under the Influence conviction (DUI) is considered a felony in Canada. Visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website for more information.

Need More Information on Crossing the U.S./Canadian Border?

For further information on the crossing the U.S./Canadian Border or the duties you may have to pay on goods your bring back to the U.S., please reference the following sites:

U.S.

U. S. Customs and Border Protection
http://www.cbp.gov

Department of Homeland Security
http://www.dhs.gov/index.shtm

U. S. Department of State
http://www.travel.state.gov

U. S. Department of State – Visa Requirements to enter the U. S.
http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/visit/visa-waiver-program.html

Canada

Canada Border Services Agency
http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/menu-eng.html

Citizenship and Immigration Canada
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp

Citizenship and Immigration Canada – Visa Requirements to enter Canada
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp

Citizenship and Immigration Canada – Overcoming criminal inadmissibility into Canada
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/guides/5312ETOC.asp

Washington State Department of Licensing/ Enhanced Driver License/ ID Card
http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/edl.html

Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative
http://www.getyouhome.gov/html/lang_eng/index.html

Boarding numbers are automatically assigned at the time that you pay for your reservation, but are not available until check-in. The earlier you book your trip, the better your boarding number will be. You may check in and get your boarding passes as well as boarding number assignments up to seven days before departure.

You can check-in online or in person at our Seattle terminal 7 days/week between 6:30 am and 8 pm daily or the Victoria terminal between 8:30 am and 5 pm. Both terminals offer extended hours during the summer months.

Departing Seattle

If you are traveling from Seattle, you will begin boarding 45 minutes prior to departure by group number.

Departing Victoria

You are required to process through U.S. Customs & Border Protection before boarding any departure from Victoria. U.S. Customs & Border Protection will start processing passengers at least one hour before departure.

Boarding group number announcements will begin for passengers who have cleared through U.S. Customs and Border Protection 45 minutes prior to departure. If your boarding group number is called while you are waiting to process U.S. Customs & Border Protection you will be boarded as soon as you have cleared U.S. Customs & Border Protection.

We recommend arriving one hour prior to departure, as final boarding is 15 minutes prior to departure. If you are not on board the vessel 15 minutes prior to departure, you will forfeit your seat and your entire fare.

Checked Luggage

You are allowed to check up to two pieces of luggage on the Victoria Clipper ferry at no charge. Each checked luggage item must weigh less than 50 pounds with linear dimensions that do not exceed 62” (length + width + height) including handles and wheels. All checked luggage items must be fully closed and contained (no protruding pieces or unclosed parts) to be accepted.

Oversize and Additional Luggage

Luggage items that are heavier or larger than the standard size or weight allowance will be charged $10.00 USD per leg of travel. Luggage items over 70 lbs. will be charged $27.00 USD per leg of travel.

Additional luggage (up to two additional pieces of luggage per person) may be checked for $10.00 USD per item. Parties traveling with more than four pieces of checked luggage per person will only be allowed on a case-by-case basis and will be charged $27.00 USD per leg of travel.

Carry-On Luggage

You may carry on a maximum of one piece of luggage and one personal item. The piece of luggage must not exceed the overall dimensions of 24” x 16” x 10” (including wheels and frame) and may be no heavier than 20 pounds.

Passengers are also allowed one personal item, such as:

  • Purse
  • Briefcase
  • Camera bag
  • Diaper bag
  • Small backpack
  • Tote bag
  • Standard size laptop computer case

Items that exceed the carry-on policy must be checked in prior to travel. Please note that Clipper carry-on luggage size dimensions are smaller than those of major airlines.

Strollers and assistive items (such as wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and oxygen delivery devices) do not count towards a passenger’s carry-on allowance. You may bring these items with you to board the vessel where they will then be safely stowed by on-board staff.

Musical Instruments

Musical Instruments must be packed in an appropriate case for travel (hard sided cases are strongly recommended). Musical instruments that are small enough (flute, clarinet, etc.) may be carried on board the vessel as the passenger’s one piece of carry-on luggage. Guitars or similarly sized instruments can be checked as one of the two allowed checked in items per passenger without an additional charge.

Instruments that are larger than our carry-on size, but can stay with a passenger in their seat (i.e. guitars), will be charged the oversize rate. If an instrument is too large to stay with a passenger in a seat (i.e. cello, stand-up bass), they may purchase an additional seat at the lowest published fare. A standard liability waiver must be completed and signed by the passenger prior to transport of a musical instrument.

Luggage Storage

Seattle

During the summer (when the kiosk is open) there is a luggage storage area at the Victoria Clipper Seattle terminal where you can store your luggage (for $1.00 per bag, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm) while you see the sights in Seattle.

Victoria

There is no temporary luggage storage at the Victoria, BC terminal, but luggage can be checked and stored onboard on the vessel starting at 9:30am on the day of travel.

Need directions on where to catch the Victoria Clipper or where to park? Check out our Directions and Parking information.

Bicycles are charged a $20 handling fee each way. Bicycle space is highly limited, so we strongly recommend that you book in advance.

At check-in, bikes must be stripped of any packs, tire pumps, water bottles, etc., and a Bicycle Acceptance waiver must be completed and signed by the passenger. Bicycles are stored on the outside deck subject to the elements. Because of space restrictions, tandem bicycles, bike trailers or unusual lengths/types of bicycles are considered and booked as TWO bicycles.

Please call 800-888-2535 to book a reservation including a bicycle.

Pets in carriers are allowed to travel on the Victoria Clipper and San Juan Clipper ferries and must be accompanied by a person (we will not transport animals as cargo). Pet space is highly limited, so we strongly recommend that you book in advance. At check in, a Pet Acceptance waiver must be completed and signed by the passenger.

  • Pets traveling to Victoria, BC: The pet fee for animals traveling to Victoria, BC is $20 each way and you must have the appropriate vaccination records for Customs.
  • Pets traveling to Friday Harbor: The pet fee for animals traveling to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island is $10 each way, and no vaccination records are required since the animals are not traveling internationally.

Smaller pets that fit in a 20”x11”x11” enclosed carrier (duffel bag/soft crate style with handles) can travel in the passenger cabin. They will not be allowed to travel without a carrier or with a carrier that doesn’t sufficiently contain the pet, such as a purse or an open bag.

Larger pets must be in a hard-sided airline approved kennel (kennels can be rented for an additional $10 each way). Be advised that larger kennels are placed on the outside deck subject to engine noise and the elements.

Please call 800-888-2535 to book a reservation including a pet.

Service Animals

Service animals are allowed on the vessel. Service animals are defined as dogs (or in some instances miniature horses) that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities, including, but not limited to:

  • Guiding individuals with impaired vision
  • Alerting individuals with impaired hearing to intruders or sounds
  • Alerting persons with seizure disorders to the onset of a seizure
  • Providing minimal protection or rescue work
  • Pulling a wheelchair
  • Fetching dropped items

Please call 800-888-2535 to book a reservation including a service animal.

One of the great advantages of international travel with Clipper Vacations is that you can purchase* duty free liquor and cigarettes aboard the Victoria Clipper for up to 50% off the regularly taxed price!

What Does Duty-Free Mean?

Duty free means that you are exempt from the steep taxes levied on certain commodities – typically alcohol and tobacco. Since these items are for consumption outside the country, the government does not collect taxes on these goods.

You Must Declare Your Duty-Free Items

You must declare all purchases made in Canada at the US Customs counter. Returning to the US, passengers have a duty-free allowance of $400 per person, including one liter of alcohol if you have been out of the country for 48 hours or longer.

US residents gone less than 48 hours have a duty-free allowance of $200. If you are returning to Canada, the allowance is $50 if you have been out of country for less than 48 hours, $400 if greater than 48 hours and $750 if greater than seven days.

Onboard the Victoria Clipper purchases may be made with a Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover Card. We do not accept cash, checks or debit cards requiring a PIN number on board the Victoria Clipper.

Check out our list of frequently asked questions to help plan your travel.

ID Requirements

When traveling between Canada and the United States, it will be necessary to pass through Customs and Border Protection at the border. You will need the following travel documents:

  • A U.S. Passport, Passport Card, Enhanced Driver License or an Enhanced ID Card (EDL/ID) is REQUIRED to cross the U.S./Canadian border by land and sea.
  • A Passport is required for air travel.
  • A Passport Card or EDL/ID are NOT valid for air travel.

If you are not a United States or Canadian born citizen you will be required to have a passport and possibly a Visa. Airlines will require a passport for all travelers. Refer to the list of websites below for current visa requirements.

Children and Infants Require More Proof

When traveling by land or sea, U.S. or Canadian children under age 16 and infants are required to provide proof of citizenship. They may present one of the following documents:

  • An original or copy of his or her birth certificate
  • A consular report of birth abroad
  • A naturalization certificate
  • A citizenship card

If both birth parents are not present, you must provide a signed (preferably notarized) statement from the parent(s) authorizing the child to travel out of the country or proof of custody.

Children from countries other than the U.S. or Canada will require a passport and possibly a Visa. Failure to provide such evidence may make you inadmissible to Canada.

Organized Student Groups

Groups of Children: U.S. and Canadian citizen children under age 19 arriving by land or sea from contiguous territory and traveling with a school group, religious group, social or cultural organization, or sports team are also required to provide proof of citizenship. They may present one of the following documents:

  • An original or copy of his or her birth certificate
  • A consular report of birth abroad
  • A naturalization certificate
  • A citizenship card

The group should be prepared to present a letter on organizational letterhead with the following information:

  • The name of the group and supervising adult
  • A list of the children on the trip, and the primary address, phone number, date of birth, place of birth, and name of at least one parent or legal guardian for each child
  • A written and signed statement of the supervising adult certifying that he or she has obtained parental or legal guardian consent for each participating child

What is an Enhanced Driver License or Enhanced ID Card?

US citizens who are Washington state residents are eligible to purchase an Enhanced Driver License or Enhanced ID Card. This EDL/ID will meet the requirements for proof of citizenship to re-enter the US from Canada and Mexico by land or sea. Many other states have or will soon have EDL/ID available for their residents, check with your local DOL for more information. Further information is available at the Washington State Department of Licensing website.

As of August 24, 2017, states/provinces offering an Enhanced Driver License/Enhanced ID Card include:

Washington state
Michigan
Minnesota
New York
Vermont
British Columbia
Manitoba
Ontario
Quebec

If You’ve Ever Had a Felony…(Including a DUI)

Persons with a felony may be denied entrance into Canada. If you have been convicted of a crime in the United States it may be considered a felony in Canada. A Driving Under the Influence conviction (DUI) is considered a felony in Canada. Visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website for more information.

Need More Information on Crossing the U.S./Canadian Border?

For further information on the crossing the U.S./Canadian Border or the duties you may have to pay on goods your bring back to the U.S., please reference the following sites:

U.S.

U. S. Customs and Border Protection
http://www.cbp.gov

Department of Homeland Security
http://www.dhs.gov/index.shtm

U. S. Department of State
http://www.travel.state.gov

U. S. Department of State – Visa Requirements to enter the U. S.
http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/visit/visa-waiver-program.html

Canada

Canada Border Services Agency
http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/menu-eng.html

Citizenship and Immigration Canada
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp

Citizenship and Immigration Canada – Visa Requirements to enter Canada
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp

Citizenship and Immigration Canada – Overcoming criminal inadmissibility into Canada
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/guides/5312ETOC.asp

Washington State Department of Licensing/ Enhanced Driver License/ ID Card
http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/edl.html

Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative
http://www.getyouhome.gov/html/lang_eng/index.html

Check-in & Boarding

Boarding numbers are automatically assigned at the time that you pay for your reservation, but are not available until check-in. The earlier you book your trip, the better your boarding number will be. You may check in and get your boarding passes as well as boarding number assignments up to seven days before departure.

You can check-in online or in person at our Seattle terminal 7 days/week between 6:30 am and 8 pm daily or the Victoria terminal between 8:30 am and 5 pm. Both terminals offer extended hours during the summer months.

Departing Seattle

If you are traveling from Seattle, you will begin boarding 45 minutes prior to departure by group number.

Departing Victoria

You are required to process through U.S. Customs & Border Protection before boarding any departure from Victoria. U.S. Customs & Border Protection will start processing passengers at least one hour before departure.

Boarding group number announcements will begin for passengers who have cleared through U.S. Customs and Border Protection 45 minutes prior to departure. If your boarding group number is called while you are waiting to process U.S. Customs & Border Protection you will be boarded as soon as you have cleared U.S. Customs & Border Protection.

We recommend arriving one hour prior to departure, as final boarding is 15 minutes prior to departure. If you are not on board the vessel 15 minutes prior to departure, you will forfeit your seat and your entire fare.

Luggage

Checked Luggage

You are allowed to check up to two pieces of luggage on the Victoria Clipper ferry at no charge. Each checked luggage item must weigh less than 50 pounds with linear dimensions that do not exceed 62” (length + width + height) including handles and wheels. All checked luggage items must be fully closed and contained (no protruding pieces or unclosed parts) to be accepted.

Oversize and Additional Luggage

Luggage items that are heavier or larger than the standard size or weight allowance will be charged $10.00 USD per leg of travel. Luggage items over 70 lbs. will be charged $27.00 USD per leg of travel.

Additional luggage (up to two additional pieces of luggage per person) may be checked for $10.00 USD per item. Parties traveling with more than four pieces of checked luggage per person will only be allowed on a case-by-case basis and will be charged $27.00 USD per leg of travel.

Carry-On Luggage

You may carry on a maximum of one piece of luggage and one personal item. The piece of luggage must not exceed the overall dimensions of 24” x 16” x 10” (including wheels and frame) and may be no heavier than 20 pounds.

Passengers are also allowed one personal item, such as:

  • Purse
  • Briefcase
  • Camera bag
  • Diaper bag
  • Small backpack
  • Tote bag
  • Standard size laptop computer case

Items that exceed the carry-on policy must be checked in prior to travel. Please note that Clipper carry-on luggage size dimensions are smaller than those of major airlines.

Strollers and assistive items (such as wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and oxygen delivery devices) do not count towards a passenger’s carry-on allowance. You may bring these items with you to board the vessel where they will then be safely stowed by on-board staff.

Musical Instruments

Musical Instruments must be packed in an appropriate case for travel (hard sided cases are strongly recommended). Musical instruments that are small enough (flute, clarinet, etc.) may be carried on board the vessel as the passenger’s one piece of carry-on luggage. Guitars or similarly sized instruments can be checked as one of the two allowed checked in items per passenger without an additional charge.

Instruments that are larger than our carry-on size, but can stay with a passenger in their seat (i.e. guitars), will be charged the oversize rate. If an instrument is too large to stay with a passenger in a seat (i.e. cello, stand-up bass), they may purchase an additional seat at the lowest published fare. A standard liability waiver must be completed and signed by the passenger prior to transport of a musical instrument.

Luggage Storage

Seattle

During the summer (when the kiosk is open) there is a luggage storage area at the Victoria Clipper Seattle terminal where you can store your luggage (for $1.00 per bag, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm) while you see the sights in Seattle.

Victoria

There is no temporary luggage storage at the Victoria, BC terminal, but luggage can be checked and stored onboard on the vessel starting at 9:30am on the day of travel.

Directions & Parking

Need directions on where to catch the Victoria Clipper or where to park? Check out our Directions and Parking information.

Bicycles

Bicycles are charged a $20 handling fee each way. Bicycle space is highly limited, so we strongly recommend that you book in advance.

At check-in, bikes must be stripped of any packs, tire pumps, water bottles, etc., and a Bicycle Acceptance waiver must be completed and signed by the passenger. Bicycles are stored on the outside deck subject to the elements. Because of space restrictions, tandem bicycles, bike trailers or unusual lengths/types of bicycles are considered and booked as TWO bicycles.

Please call 800-888-2535 to book a reservation including a bicycle.

Pets

Pets in carriers are allowed to travel on the Victoria Clipper and San Juan Clipper ferries and must be accompanied by a person (we will not transport animals as cargo). Pet space is highly limited, so we strongly recommend that you book in advance. At check in, a Pet Acceptance waiver must be completed and signed by the passenger.

  • Pets traveling to Victoria, BC: The pet fee for animals traveling to Victoria, BC is $20 each way and you must have the appropriate vaccination records for Customs.
  • Pets traveling to Friday Harbor: The pet fee for animals traveling to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island is $10 each way, and no vaccination records are required since the animals are not traveling internationally.

Smaller pets that fit in a 20”x11”x11” enclosed carrier (duffel bag/soft crate style with handles) can travel in the passenger cabin. They will not be allowed to travel without a carrier or with a carrier that doesn’t sufficiently contain the pet, such as a purse or an open bag.

Larger pets must be in a hard-sided airline approved kennel (kennels can be rented for an additional $10 each way). Be advised that larger kennels are placed on the outside deck subject to engine noise and the elements.

Please call 800-888-2535 to book a reservation including a pet.

Service Animals

Service animals are allowed on the vessel. Service animals are defined as dogs (or in some instances miniature horses) that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities, including, but not limited to:

  • Guiding individuals with impaired vision
  • Alerting individuals with impaired hearing to intruders or sounds
  • Alerting persons with seizure disorders to the onset of a seizure
  • Providing minimal protection or rescue work
  • Pulling a wheelchair
  • Fetching dropped items

Please call 800-888-2535 to book a reservation including a service animal.

Duty-Free Shopping

One of the great advantages of international travel with Clipper Vacations is that you can purchase* duty free liquor and cigarettes aboard the Victoria Clipper for up to 50% off the regularly taxed price!

What Does Duty-Free Mean?

Duty free means that you are exempt from the steep taxes levied on certain commodities – typically alcohol and tobacco. Since these items are for consumption outside the country, the government does not collect taxes on these goods.

You Must Declare Your Duty-Free Items

You must declare all purchases made in Canada at the US Customs counter. Returning to the US, passengers have a duty-free allowance of $400 per person, including one liter of alcohol if you have been out of the country for 48 hours or longer.

US residents gone less than 48 hours have a duty-free allowance of $200. If you are returning to Canada, the allowance is $50 if you have been out of country for less than 48 hours, $400 if greater than 48 hours and $750 if greater than seven days.

Onboard the Victoria Clipper purchases may be made with a Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover Card. We do not accept cash, checks or debit cards requiring a PIN number on board the Victoria Clipper.

FAQs

Check out our list of frequently asked questions to help plan your travel.