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.
A passport is the only reliable and universally accepted travel identification document, and it proves that you have a right to return to Canada.
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.
If you travel abroad you need travel insurance, no matter where you're going or how long you'll be there.
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.
The CANPASS Private Aircraft program allows card holders on private aircraft to clear customs and immigration quickly and securely.
Make sure you have all the necessary identification with you to help your airline identify individuals who may pose a security threat.
All permanent residents of Canada require this proof of their status to re-enter Canada.
A Canadian Citizenship Certificate is not a travel document.
Dual citizenship can be complicated and cause problems when you travel.
Your Canadian driver's licence is not valid everywhere. You may need an international driving permit if you're planning to drive while abroad.
Certain countries require incoming travellers to show proof of vaccination against yellow fever.
Information on the documents required to ensure that your pet can enter your destination country.
Information on the legal issues involved in getting married abroad.
List of notarial services offered by Canadian government offices abroad.
You need permits to transport, import or export a listed wildlife species or an item containing a derivative of a listed wildlife species.
You can make an on screen declaration using a Primary Inspection Kiosk at selected international airports.
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Information on a recommended consent letter for Canadian children travelling abroad.
Dual Canadian citizens: Fly to Canada with a valid CDN passport
Starting November 10, 2016, you will need a valid Canadian passport to board a flight to Canada.
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