Traveller's checklist for travelling outside Canada

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Visit for travel information and advice.

Go to to find your destination’s risk level and information on:

  • safety and security
  • entry and exit requirements
  • health
  • laws and culture
  • natural disasters and climate
  • local emergency services and the nearest Canadian office

Travel documents

  • Check your passport’s validity and the validity requirements for your destination.
  • Check if you need a visa to enter your destination and, if so, apply for one well in advance.
  • Carry a consent letter for children travelling without one of their parents of guardians. Find a sample consent letter at
  • If you’re a dual citizen, find out what documentation you need to enter your destination. You may not need your Canadian passport to enter another country, but you need it to return to Canada.

Health and safety

  • Visit a travel health clinic or health care provider at least 6 weeks before your trip.
  • Get travel insurance, even if it’s for a short trip across the border.
  • Carry or have access to extra funds in case of emergency.
  • Leave a copy of your itinerary with friends or family, along with copies of your passport’s identification page and insurance policy.

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