I am a Canadian citizen and a citizen of a visa-exempt country. Can I still fly to Canada with my foreign passport?
Yes, you can for now. However, after September 29, 2016, you will need to show proof that you are a Canadian citizen before you board your flight to Canada.
Appropriate travel documents are:
- a valid Canadian passport,
- a Canadian temporary passport, or
- a Canadian emergency travel document.
Note: Temporary passports and emergency travel documents are only issued under strict conditions and on a case-by-case basis. To verify your eligibility, please contact the nearest Government of Canada office abroad.
If you are a Canadian citizen and a citizen of another country, be sure to travel with a valid Canadian passport.
If you present other documents at check-in, such as an expired Canadian passport or a non-Canadian passport along with your Canadian birth certificate or other identification, it may result in you not being able to board your flight.
A valid Canadian passport is the only reliable and universally accepted travel and identification document that provides proof that a person is a citizen and has the right to enter Canada without being subjected to immigration screening. Make sure that the expiry date of the passport is well beyond your planned return date.
Learn more about how to renew or apply for a Canadian passport.
Please note: Canadian citizens (including dual citizens) cannot apply for an eTA. See Travel documents for dual Canadian citizens flying to Canada.
Please use this Web form if:
- the normal processing time for your application has passed and
- you cannot check the status of your application online or
- you wish to report important changes about your application, such as births, deaths, marriages, divorces, adoptions, changes in address, changes in job status or
- you need urgent processing or
- you would like to make a refugee claim
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