When I cross the US/Canada border, neither side stamps my passport. Does this mean that there is no record of border crossing in their system? Just curious.

  • What is your citizenship?
    – CSM
    Mar 22, 2021 at 19:11
  • @CSM Canadian citizenship.
    – sequence
    Mar 22, 2021 at 19:40
  • they probably scanned your passport and you did not noticed.
    – Max
    Mar 22, 2021 at 22:26
  • Your passport get scanned on both sides every time, rest assured, they know when you came and left
    – Huangism
    Mar 24, 2021 at 15:53

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Generally: If they do more than just look at your passport / ID then there probably is a record. The US records entry/exit data with the I94, partly electronically. In Canada, entries have been recorded for all travellers since 2000 and since 2019, exits are also collected on US and Canadian citizens.

I crossed with an Austrian passport from Seattle to Vancouver by rail in 2018 and didn't get stamps, but the border crossing was recorded electronically, at least for the US it was listed in my I94. I don't know if Canada has an equivalent record, but I left Canada by air, which may not have been recorded at the time.

  • How do you know it was recorded?
    – sequence
    Mar 22, 2021 at 19:55
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    my electronic I94 record had it listed. I don't know if there is anything equivalent for Canada though, doesn't seem like it.
    – JakeDot
    Mar 22, 2021 at 19:58
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    @sequence: You can look up your electronic US I-94 record online here: i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94 Mar 22, 2021 at 21:21

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