CANPASS – Private aircraft

The Canada Border Services Agency’s CANPASS – Private aircraft program allows CANPASS card holders on private aircraft to clear customs and immigration quickly and securely at participating ports of entry.

Eligibility information

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • be citizens or permanent residents of Canada, or citizens or resident aliens of the United States
  • have resided in Canada or the United States or a combination of both countries for the last three consecutive years
  • have no criminal record (or have been granted a pardon)
  • have had no customs seizures within the past five years
  • have no violations of customs or immigration legislation
  • be admissible to Canada under immigration laws

Other criteria may apply.

Application information

  • Completed application forms must be submitted to a CANPASS – Private Aircraft customs processing centre and must include the non-refundable fee and photocopies of an official proof of citizenship or permanent residence.
  • Application Form

Financial information

  • There is a $40 fee for each applicant 18 years of age or older.
  • There is a fee of $25 for each application for a temporary authorization to accompany a CANPASS membership cardholder.

Contact information

  • General Inquiries: 1 888 CANPASS (1-888-226-7277) (Reporting of arrival)
  • General Inquiries: 1-800-461-9999 (Border Information Services)
  • TTY: 1-800-665-0354

Related information

  • The pilot must call CANPASS at least two hours, but not more than 48 hours, prior to arrival in Canada and provide details on the trip, all travellers and the aircraft.
  • CANPASS permits are valid for five years and are not transferable.
  • All travellers aboard the aircraft, including the crew, have to be CANPASS program members.
  • The aircraft cannot carry more than 15 people.
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