Travelling with Jewelry – what you should know

Save yourself hassle at the border when traveling this summer. In this post we share some information about how to ensure a smooth re-entry into Canada by following these essential steps recommended by the Canada Border Agency.

Information in this article is taken from the Canada Border Services Agency website

Protecting your valuables

You should take advantage of a free identification service for valuables you are bringing with you on your travels. This service is available at all CBSA offices across Canada and helps ensure that you have proof that your goods were in your possession prior to leaving Canada.


It is recommended that you travel with as little jewellery as possible. As jewellery often has significant value and can be difficult to identify, it cannot be listed on a Form BSF407 in the same way as other valuables. You should take the following steps before you leave Canada to make it easier for you to re-enter the country with these items:

  • Obtain an appraisal report along with a signed and dated photograph of each piece of jewellery from a recognized Canadian gemologist, jeweller or your insurance agent;
  • Obtain written certification that the items or jewellery in the photographs are the ones described in the appraisal report;
  • Take the jewellery appraisal reports, certification statements and photographs to a CBSA office to be validated prior to travelling outside of Canada;
  • If the jewellery was purchased in Canada, retain the sales receipt;
  • If you imported the goods previously, make sure you have a copy of your importation receipt (BSF175 Casual Goods Accounting Document); and
  • Carry the appraisal reports, the certifications and photographs when travelling outside Canada.

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