When crossing the United States/Canada border, paperwork completed ahead of time can help eliminate complications and excessive fees at the border control. For Visa questions and answers go to Visa Questions and Answers on the AFM website.
Cultural exchange instructions.
New foreign musician application fee causing confusion - Aug. 30 2013
FYI, AFM members are exempt from these new fees if you apply to the cultural exchange program.
FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. Print out these pages and take with you before traveling with your instrument as a carry on or as checked baggage
FAA PDF (6 pages) Updated Jan. 2015
AFM Applauds Passage of FAA Bill (updated Jan. 2015)
Traveling with Brazilian wood bows, elephant ivory inserts or instrument parts
U.S. Fish & Wildlife page for musicians traveling with Brazilian rosewood, tortoiseshell, and elephant ivory in their instruments.
US/Canada border crossing info from Local 1000
Lot's of good links for traveling on this page: