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.


Services and information

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 


Find out whether you need a visa for your destination 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


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

CANPASS - Private aircraft

This program allows card holders on private aircraft to clear customs and immigration quickly and securely

Pre-boarding identification requirements

Keep all 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.

Travelling as a dual citizen

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

International Driving Permit

Your Canadian driver's licence may not be valid in your destination country

International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis

Some countries require visitors to show proof of vaccination against yellow fever 

Travel documents for your pets

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

Marriage abroad

Information on the legal issues involved in getting married abroad 

Notarial services

List of notarial services offered by Canadian government offices abroad 

CITES permits

You need permits to transport, import or export a listed wildlife species or an item containing a derivative of a listed wildlife species 

Primary Inspections Kiosks

You can make an on screen declaration using a Primary Inspection Kiosk at selected international airports 

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