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Alcohol and Tobacco Limits: What to expect when Traveling Abroad

What are the alcohol and tobacco limits when travelling abroad?


When returning to Canada at any border point, restrictions apply to the amount of tobacco and alcohol you can bring back with you under your personal exemption. If you are a Canadian Citizen of legal age and have been outside of the country for at least 48 hours, you are duty and tax exempt for the following amounts: 



  • 1.14 L (40 oz.) of liquor; or
  • 1.5 L of wine (53 oz.); or
  • 24 X 355 ml (12 oz.) containers of beer.


  • 200 cigarettes; and
  • 50 cigars or cigarillos; and
  • 200 tobacco sticks; and
  • 200 g (7 oz.) of manufactured tobacco.

If you bring in more than the exempt allowance of alcohol or tobacco, you will be required to pay the applicable duties and taxes.



What if i want to bring home more alcohol then my duty & tax-free entitlement? 


The quantity limit in excess of the duty-free entitlement (litres) is as follows:

Newfoundland and Labrador – 9.09 ltr
Nova Scotia – 9.09 ltr
Prince Edward Island – 9.09 ltr
New Brunswick – 45 ltr
Quebec – 9 ltr
Ontario – 45 ltr
Manitoba – no limit
Saskatchewan – 9.1 ltr
Alberta – 9.09 ltr
British Columbia – 45.45 ltr
Northwest Territories and Nunavut – ZERO
Yukon – 9.09 ltr


Example: you want to bring 14 bottles of wine (750ml x 14 bottles = 10.5 litres) in the Province of Quebec, that’s fine. You have your exemption of 1.5 litres + 9 litres (on which you pay duties and taxes). If you want to bring more than that, you need to get a permit from the appropriate territorial or provincial liquor control authority before you, or the bottles, get to Canada – But beware, this can be VERY expensive


 For information on personal exemptions, please see Personal exemptions: What to expect cross-border shopping.

For more information on alcohol and tobacco limits, please contact the CBSA or a representative.


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