Crossing international borders can be complicated and sometimes requires many different kinds of documents. Being prepared is the key to easing your way through this process, so make sure you know what documents you need, where to get them, and which ones will make your crossing quick and easy.
A passport is the only reliable and universally accepted travel identification document, and it proves that you have a right to return to Canada.
Many countries require visas for entry or for extended stays. Make sure you know whether you need a visa and get it well in advance of your trip.
If you travel abroad you need travel insurance, no matter where you're going or how long you'll be there.
A consent letter will help children travelling without both parents to enter foreign countries and re-enter Canada.
If you travel between Canada and the United States often, a NEXUS card will save you time at the border.
The CANPASS Air program allows pre-screened, low-risk commercial airline passengers to use automated kiosks to clear customs and immigration quickly, securely and conveniently.
The CANPASS Private Aircraft program allows CANPASS program members on private aircraft to clear customs and immigration quickly and securely.
CANPASS program members who enter Canada from the U.S. aboard private boats can receive pre-authorized customs clearance.
Make sure you have all the necessary identification with you to help your airline identify individuals who may pose a security threat.
All permanent residents of Canada require this proof of their status to re-enter Canada.
A Canadian Citizenship Certificate is not a travel document.
Dual citizenship can be complicated and cause problems when you travel.
Your Canadian driver's licence is not valid everywhere. You may need an international driving permit if you're planning to drive while abroad.
You may need an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis as proof of vaccination for yellow fever to enter certain countries
Information on the documents required to ensure that your pet can enter your destination country
Information on the legal issues involved in getting married overseas.
List of legal and notarial services offered by Canadian government offices abroad.
Make sure you have the necessary permits before you transport, import or export a listed wildlife species or an item containing a part or a derivative of a listed wildlife species.
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