Travel information

Travelling in general

Does my passport need to be valid for at least 6 months prior to the date of entry into a country I want to visit?

All countries have their own entry requirements. Consult the travel advisories to view the Entry/exit requirements of each country.

Since these requirements can change, you may also check with the Government of Canada office of the country you intend to visit.

What if my passport expires while I am outside Canada?

You should not travel with a passport that will expire during your trip or shortly after your planned return. Some countries will not allow you to enter if your passport is set to expire shortly after your planned return date. To find out more about entry/exit requirements, consult the travel advisories or check with the Government of Canada office of the country you intend to visit.

To avoid difficulties while travelling, we recommend that you get a new passport before leaving if your passport could expire during your travels.

Can I travel with a criminal record?

All countries have their own entry requirements. Consult the travel advisories to view the Entry/exit requirements of each country. Because these requirements can change, you can also check with the Government of Canada office of the country you intend to visit.

Do I need a visa to enter another country?

All countries have their own entry requirements. Consult the travel advisories to view the Entry/exit requirements of each country.

Because these requirements can change, you can also check with the nearest Government of Canada office of the country you intend to visit.

All countries that require an entry visa will need you to submit your Canadian passport to their embassy or consulate in Canada so that the visa may be issued to you. If you need to send your passport to a foreign government's embassy or consulate, be sure to use secure, traceable mail or courier services and enclose a stamped, self-addressed return envelope.

Canadian passports should not be sent across international borders.

Can I travel with my Canadian Certificate of Citizenship?

No. A Certificate of Canadian Citizenship is not a travel document. A passport is the only reliable and universally accepted travel and identification document.

Canadian citizens returning to Canada who present documents, such as a Certificate of Canadian Citizenship, birth certificate, provincial driver's license, or foreign passport, instead of a Canadian passport may face delays or be denied boarding by transport companies.

Will I have problems if I travel with my current passport, but my other documentation is in my married or common-law name?

All travel arrangements should be made in the name reflected on your passport. If the names don't match, you may have troubles at border crossings or when boarding flights. Check with the authorities in the destination country to find out if any other documentation will be required.

Travelling in North America

Do I need a passport to travel to the United States?

For information on travel documents required for travel to, from or through the United States, visit the Canada Border Services Agency website.

If I enter the United States by land without a passport, do I need a passport to board a domestic flight within the US?

For information on travel document requirements for domestic flights within the United States, visit the U.S. Transportation Security Administration website.

Does my passport need to be valid for a specified length of time prior to the date of entry into the United States?

American authorities currently state that as a Canadian, your passport must be valid until your expected date of departure from the United States. These entry requirements are determined by the authorities of the United States and are subject to change at any time. You may check with the Embassy of the United States of America and its consulates for up-to-date information. You may also communicate with your airline carrier to get its identification requirements.

Visit travel.gc.ca for more information about travelling to the United States.

What are the requirements to enter Canada?

For Canada's entry requirements, visit the Canada Border Services Agency website.

Travelling with children

Does my child need a consent letter if he or she is not travelling with a parent?

We strongly recommend that Canadian children carry a consent letter if they are travelling abroad alone, with only one parent/guardian, with friends or relatives, or with a group. For the purposes of this consent letter, a Canadian child is defined as anyone who is under the age of majority (18 or 19, depending on the province or territory of residence).

Learn more about children travelling abroad and get a sample consent letter at Travel.gc.ca.

Do children require their own passport to travel?

Yes, all children who travel outside Canada (alone or with an adult), including babies, need their own passport. It increases the protection of children by ensuring that they have a valid travel document with a photo and other identifying information.

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