Travel documents

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.

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Canadian passports

A passport is the only reliable and universally accepted travel identification document, and it proves that you have a right to return to Canada.

Visas

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.

Travel insurance

If you travel abroad you need travel insurance, no matter where you're going or how long you'll be there.

Consent letter for children travelling abroad

A consent letter will help children travelling without both parents to enter foreign countries and re-enter Canada.

NEXUS

If you travel between Canada and the United States often, a NEXUS card will save you time at the border.

CANPASS Air

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.

CANPASS - Private aircraft

The CANPASS Private Aircraft program allows CANPASS program members on private aircraft to clear customs and immigration quickly and securely.

CANPASS - Private boats

CANPASS program members who enter Canada from the U.S. aboard private boats can receive pre-authorized customs clearance.

Pre-boarding identification requirements

Make sure you have all the necessary identification with you to help your airline identify individuals who may pose a security threat.

Travelling with a permanent resident card

All permanent residents of Canada require this proof of their status to re-enter Canada.

Certificate of Canadian citizenship

A Canadian Citizenship Certificate is not a travel document.

Dual citizenship (or dual nationality)

Dual citizenship can be complicated and cause problems when you travel.

International Driving Permit

Your Canadian driver's licence is not valid everywhere. You may need an international driving permit if you're planning to drive while abroad.

International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis

You may need an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis as proof of vaccination for yellow fever to enter certain countries

Travel documents for your pets

Information on the documents required to ensure that your pet can enter your destination country

Marriage overseas

Information on the legal issues involved in getting married overseas.

Legal and notarial services

List of legal and notarial services offered by Canadian government offices abroad.

CITES permits

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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