Do I have to declare my camera gear when i travel?

We have compiled a list of the TOP50 questions that we hear on our workshops. From gear, to settings, to composition, and shooting styles, we have decided to post three questions and answers a week till we get through them all.

We hope they answer some of the questions that you may have. Here is todays question.

Question: Do I need to declare my camera gear when I travel?

Answer: You do not need to declare your camera gear when you travel across country borders. But I would create a list of your gear and keep it with you when you travel. I list out the individual pieces that I have. I list the date of purchase, where I purchased it and I list out the serial number.

Sounds a bit excessive, right? Well yes, but once you get stopped by border guards and have all your camera gear searched and you are accused of purchasing a lens while I was in the USA, I thought it prudent to create a list and travel with it.

If you have any further comments, please add them to the comments section below. The more feedback and ideas the better.

Thanks for reading,



Kevin A Pepper

Kevin is a photographer and educator based in Waterloo, Ontario. His first love is photographing nature, regardless of the season or weather condition; the Ontario landscape and its wildlife are his inspiration. But you will also see other styles of photography in his portfolio. From street photography to urban exploration of abandoned buildings and architecture, he loves to capture it all with his camera for his corporate clients and his growing personal portfolio. Kevin’s images have been featured in Canadian Nature Photographer, PHOTONews Canada, Photo Technique Magazine, The London Free Press, The Weather Network, and National Geographic Online. His diverse client list includes the City of Cambridge, Olympus, GORE Mutual, TVO, and African Lion Safari. Kevin also operates “Northof49 Photography”, a company launched in 2012 dedicated to teaching amateur photographers through International and Canadian-based workshops. In the coming year, Kevin will be leading workshops in Iceland, Mongolia, Tanzania, Venezuela, Provence, and numerous destinations across Canada. Website: