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Crossing the Yukon/Alaska border in a hire car

Cumbria,
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Crossing the Yukon/Alaska border in a hire car

Please can anyone tell me whether or not we will be able to cross the border into Alaska in a hire car for a 1 night visit to Tok. We are driving the Klondike/Kluane circle in August and will be going from Dawson to Tok. I've read a lot of posts about not being able to take hire cars from Alaska into the Yukon - but is that only on 1-way trips. The car hire firm doesn't seem to know! Thank you.

West Grey, Ontario
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1. Re: Crossing the Yukon/Alaska border in a hire car

Hi Lizzie;

The only restriction on driving a rental car across the border would be imposed by the rental company. There are NO restrictions imposed by Canada or US Customs.

Rental cars are driven across the border all the time! There is a fellow who posts here on TA, AvisTow, who’s sole job is to tow cars from the US back to Canada!

Ensure that the rental company notes on the rental agreement that they authorize you to take the car into the US. You may be asked by Customs when entering the US, or when re-entering Canada, for this documentation.

Best Regards

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2. Re: Crossing the Yukon/Alaska border in a hire car

You should have no trouble crossing from Yukon to Alaska with a rental car.....in addition to keeping the rental documents at hand, also remember that you will need your passports handy and to check the hours that border station closes.....When we traveled from Tok to Dawson a couple of years ago the Canadian border station closed about 6 or 7:00 pm......

This is a truly spectacular trip, lots of rugged scenery that you will encounter no where else....Hope you will be able to spend a few days in Dawson, if at all possible.......you will have a wonderful trip !!

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3. Re: Crossing the Yukon/Alaska border in a hire car

Thank you very much for your replies - that is good news! We are really looking forward to our trip and will have 3 nights in Dawson - hope to follow Murray's advice with a drive up Dempster to Chapman Lake on one of our days there. Any other suggestions?

Best wishes Lizzie

4. Re: Crossing the Yukon/Alaska border in a hire car

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