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About BSF186 for former resident 

Drasky
Drasky
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Posted On: 6/3/2016
Drasky
Drasky
Posts: 13
Hello
I am a PR living outside Canada for last 3 years.
Now I decided to come and live permanently in Canada.
According to Canada border services agency,former residents are eligible for tax exemption.
My questions...

1. What is the difference between BSF186 and 186A?
2. Which one is applicable for me? 186 or 186A or in white paper list of my goods?
3. I will bring only my clothing, bed sheet, some used utensils and crockeries for my family use. Will I need to submit form BSF186/186A for this type of very personal and family used materials?
4. Can I bring some very essential and common medication (mostly OTC medicine) like paracetamol, antihistamine, cough syrup or antacid etc for few days only?
5. Can I bring antibiotic without prescription?

Thank you.
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Posted On: 6/14/2016
Moderator
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Hello,

Thank you for sharing your situation and questions with us.

Regarding your questions,

1. What is the difference between BSF186 and 186A?
2. Which one is applicable for me? 186 or 186A or in white paper list of my goods?


According to the Border Information Service, you can complete the BSF186. The difference between them is that the BSF186A is simply a sheet of lines to be used as an attachment in the event you have more items and they cannot be included on the BSF186 form.

Regarding your question.

3. I will bring only my clothing, bed sheet, some used utensils and crockeries for my family use. Will I need to submit form BSF186/186A for this type of very personal and family used materials?


According to the Border Information Service representative that we spoke to, yes, you should list these on your BSF186/A forms.

Regarding your questions,

4. Can I bring some very essential and common medication (mostly OTC medicine) like paracetamol, antihistamine, cough syrup or antacid etc for few days only?
5. Can I bring antibiotic without prescription?


We have contacted Health Canada and are awaiting information from them regarding these items. We will update you as soon as we receive any definitive information from them.

You may want to contact Health Canada directly for information. You can contact them here:


Telephone: 613-957-2991

We strongly suggest that you also contact the Border Information Service directly to confirm the information we have received from them and to receive any additional information regarding your situation.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

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Anna
Settlement.Org Content and Information/Referral Specialist, CIRS
Settlement.Org
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Drasky
Drasky
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Posted On: 6/16/2016
Drasky
Drasky
Posts: 13
Thank you.
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