International Trekking in the Rockies – Driving Across the Border in a Rented Car

by | Trekking Savvy

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As you probably know, the Rockies are to be found in the United States and Canada. You may also know that Glacier National Park is located in both countries as well, more specifically, in Montana (the U.S.) and Alberta (Canada).

In an improved world, you would be able to see the entire park without concerning yourself with passports or other related documents. Until you can become a trekker without borders, it is recommended to cross from one country to another as someone who is legally prepared.

While this is no European Union, Americans and Canadians have pretty relaxed rules when it comes to border crossing. If you have ever had doubts about crossing the border in a rented car, worry not – it is generally totally fine to go from the United States to Canada or vice versa in a rented car.

That being said, you may have to prove that you are not actually importing the car. You won’t have to do anything, in particular, to prove it, besides answering any questions the customs may ask and showing the documentation provided by the renting company.

One of the coolest crossing points-the Rainbow Bridge border connects Ontario and New York    

An important thing to take into account is that you must inform the renting company that the car will be used for international travel. By doing so, you ensure that the company allows border crossing (some may not), and you will also receive much of the information you need to be sure that you are complying with all relevant regulations.

The consent for the car to leave the country should be in the rental agreement, as the U.S. Customs requires it. More so, don’t forget to determine whether your auto insurance has coverage in both countries or whether you need an insurance card for the country you are visiting. You may also have the option to use rental agency insurance.

In other words, renting a car and crossing the border that separates the U.S. from Canada is pretty easy. That being said, there may be times when things happen due to human error. Whether you, the renting company or the customs do something wrong, your adventure might start earlier than planned. 

If you are American and want to visit Canada, you can find more information about legal requirements and other issues from a governmental source by clicking here

If you are Canadian and want to visit the U.S., you can find more information about legal requirements and other issues from a governmental source by going here.


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