Pre-boarding identification requirements

Airlines are required to screen all passengers who appear to be 18 years of age or older before boarding all flights originating from or destined for Canada in order to identify individuals who may pose a threat to aviation security.

Before boarding, you must present to your airline:

  1. One piece of valid government-issued identification that includes a photograph and the passenger's name, date of birth and gender;
  2. A Restricted Area Identity Card (RAIC) (a smart card issued to airport workers).

The name on the identification that is provided must match the name on the boarding pass.

You are strongly advised to carry a valid Canadian passport when travelling to any foreign destination, including the United States. You must also comply with the entry requirements for your destination. Consult our Travel Advice and Advisories for country-specific information.

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