Obtaining a RABC Permit for Your Child

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What is a RABC permit?

The Remote Area Border Crossing (RABC) Permit allows the bearer to cross the Border into Canada in remote areas without reporting to a port of entry. All campers and counselors going on an overnight trip into Canada need one. To apply for the RABC Permit, you must print and fill out the application, make a copy of your child’s passport, and print and fill out a Letter of Authorization which gives your child permission to enter into Canada with Camp Voyageur.

Below, we break down these steps for you.

Step 1

Make sure you’ve signed up for a Quetico or other trip into Canada through our Trip Director. This includes paying the additional fee if it’s required. To find this year’s trips, check out 2020 Trip Options.

Step 2

Download, print, and fill out the RABC Permit application.

Note: The CAN $30 processing fee is waived for children 17 and under. In other words, the RABC Permit is free for children 17 and under.

Step 3

Scan and print a copy of your child’s passport. This will need to be included with the RABC Permit application.

Step 4

Download, print, and fill out the Letter of Authorization. This gives permission for your child to go into Canada with Camp Voyageur. This will need to be included with the RABC Permit application. Scan a copy and send it to our Trip Director.

Step 5

Put the RABC Permit application, a copy of your child’s passport, and the Letter of Authorization into an envelope and mail to:

Canada Border Services Agency
CANPASS - RABC Processing Centre
201 North May Street, 1st Floor
Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada P7C 3P4
Telephone: 807-624-2162

You will receive a response by mail 3-4 weeks or more later.

Note: Campers 18 and older must also include a payment of CAN $30 with the application. Children 17 and under are free.

Step 6

Have your child bring their RABC Permit (you should receive it in the mail 3-4 weeks after you’ve sent in the application), passport, and a copy of the Quetico Letter of Authorization to camp (if you did not already send a copy to Deb or the Trip Director). Your child will need all three documents on hand to get into Canada with camp.

For more information, visit the Canada Border Services Agency website at https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/canpass/rabc-pfre/menu-eng.html.

Last Updated: 12/3/2019

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