Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender travel

Certain cultures do not accept the legitimacy of non-heterosexual relationships. Homosexual activity is considered a criminal offence in many countries, and those convicted may be sentenced to a prison term, fine, deportation, lashing or even death.

You should base your decision on whether or not to be openly gay while travelling abroad on your personal judgment and your knowledge of local laws and customs. The Department monitors security conditions abroad and updates its country travel advice and advisories to provide up-to-date information for Canadian LGBT persons travelling outside Canada. 

Same-sex marriages

Although same-sex marriages are legal in Canada, they are not recognized in many countries. Attempting to enter as a same-sex married couple may result in refusal by local officials. Same-sex civil unions are more widely recognized. For country-specific information, consult our country advice and advisories or the destination country’s embassy or consulate in Canada.

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