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Customs and luggage


Foreign students can import their personal belongings to Canada without paying customs duties. For certain objects of value, customs can require payment of a deposit. It may be useful to make a list of the objects of value you are bringing with you, because it may be required in order to be granted a temporary import permit.

In Canada, plants, meats, certain fruits and vegetables, items with fur, skin, feathers or bones of endangered animals are strictly regulated. These objects will be confiscated by customs officials. Once they arrive in Canada, foreign students are considered temporary residents and are subject to the same customs regulations as Canadian citizens. Those who travel abroad during their studies are subject to the same restrictions on imports upon their return as Canadians who return from abroad. To find out more on customs regulations, contact the Canadian Embassy nearest you.


Students should contact airline companies to find out luggage weight limits and the fee for exceeding them. If you plan on bringing a large quantity of personal belongings, it may cost less to send them by air or sea freight.

If you don’t have yet a local address, you can send some of your belongings to the BEI at the following address:


Name: _____________________________________
a/s Bureau des étudiants internationaux
C.P. 6128, succursale Centre-ville

Université de Montréal
Montréal (Québec)
Canada H3C 3J7

Telephone: (514) 343-6935

*Please contact us to let us know you send some of your belongings.