Air Canada - Travel Documents Required For Travel (2024)

  • ID Requirements
  • Passports and Visas
  • Travel Documents for Children

It is your responsibility to ensure that you - and any child travelling with you - have all the valid travel documents necessary to enter in, exit from or transit through, each country/region on your itinerary.Note that the documents required for the outbound portion of your travel may differ from those required for the return.

Along with the normal travel documents needed to enter Canada, additional documents may be required depending on your country of origin, even if they are used solely to land in Canada and re-board a connecting flight.

Visit the IATA Travel CentreOpens in New Windowand Travel and Tourism CanadaOpens in New Windowfor detailed information on country-specific passport, visa and health requirements, or contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of each country on your itinerary.

Please note, Air Canada applies travel document requirements contained in IATA’s Travel Information Manual, available on the IATA Travel Centre websiteOpens in New Window. Please note that the IATA website is only available in English.

Select from the options below to view identification requirements as they apply to specific itineraries.

Travel Within Canada

Check-in Requirements:

Valid government-issued identification documents including name, date of birth and gender may be required when checking in for the flight. For examples and other important information, visit thePassenger ProtectOpens in New Windowwebsite.

Boarding Gate Requirements:

In accordance with government regulations, Air Canada must check identification at the boarding gate for all passengers whoappear to be 18 years of ageor older. These passengers must present valid government-issued identification documents that include their full name and date of birth. For examples of accepted identification documents, visit thePublic Safety CanadaOpens in New Window website.

The name on the ID must match the name used on the reservation or ticket, and the passenger must resemble the photo on their ID.

At the boarding gate, each passenger must present one of the following:

  • One (1) piece of valid (not expired) identification with photo issued by a government authority within Canada* showing thename and date of birth; or
  • Two (2) pieces of valid (not expired) non-photo identification issued by a government authority within Canada*. The names on the two pieces of ID must match and one must also include the date of birth.

OR:

  • A validpassport
  • A valid NEXUS card
  • A validPermanent Resident Card issued by the United States
  • A validenhanced driver's license issued by the United States

Carriage will be refused to any passenger who:

  • Refuses to present the appropriate valid identification document
  • Refuses to show his/her entire face
  • Does not resemble the photo on the travel document

For identification and security purposes, your booking must provide your full name as it appears on your travel document; as well, you may have to provide your date of birth and gender when completing your booking.

Young Travellers:

For travellersyounger than 18, an original birth certificate or non-government issued ID (e.g. a student card) is suggested but not mandatory, unless ourUnaccompanied Minor Serviceis used.

* Fishing, hunting and boating licenses are no longer accepted as identification for domestic flights.

Travel between Canada and the United States

Check-in Requirements:

Valid government-issued identification documents including name, date of birth and gender may be required when checkingin for the flight. For examples and other important information, visit thePassenger ProtectOpens in New Window website.

Boarding Gate Requirements:

At the boarding gate, each passenger must present one of the following valid (not expired) pieces of identification:

  • A passport
  • A NEXUS card
    • Air Canada strongly encourages you to also carry a valid passport when travelling outside the country, even when travelling to or from the United States.

Carriage will be refused to any passenger who:

  • Refuses to present the appropriate valid travel document
  • Refuses to show his/her entire face
  • Does not resemble the photo on the travel document

For identification and security purposes, your booking must provide your full name as it appears on your travel document; as well, you may have to provide your date of birth and gender when completing your booking.

Secure Flight Program:

  • As required under the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA)'s Secure Flight ProgramOpens in New Window,Secure Flight information must be provided at least 72 hours before travel, or at time of booking for reservations made within 72 hours of departure if you are travelling:
    • to, from or via the United States
    • on a flight that is flying over the continental United States (excluding flights between two points in Canada)

Travel Documents:

  • Canadian and U.S. citizens must present either a valid passport or a valid Nexus cardOpens in New Windowwhen travelling by air between Canada and the United States.
  • Canadians holding dual citizenship must travel to Canada with a valid Canadian passport. Certificates of citizenship and other documents previously used as proof of Canadian citizenship are no longer accepted for travel by air.
  • Canadian permanent residents/landed immigrants returning to Canada from the United States must carry a validpassport and a valid Canadian Permanent Resident Card (PR Card).
  • Canadian permanent residents/landed immigrants travelling to the United States as non-immigrants must have a valid passport and either a valid non-immigrant visa or an Electronic System for Travel AuthorizationOpens in New Window(ESTA) depending on their citizenship.
  • U.S. permanent residents/landed immigrants (including NEXUS cardOpens in New Windowholders) must have a validElectronic Travel AuthorizationOpens in New Window(eTA) to board a flight to Canada. They must also carry a validpassport and a valid Permanent Resident/Resident Alien Card (form I-551).
  • Visa-exempt foreign citizensmust have a validElectronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to board a flight to Canada. To see if the citizens of your country need an eTA or to apply for one, visit the Government of Canada’sElectronic Travel AuthorizationOpens in New Windowwebsite.
  • Citizens from countries participating in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP) must have a valid Electronic System for Travel AuthorizationOpens in New Window(ESTA) to board a flight to the United States.
  • Chinese citizens holding a full term 10-year B1, B2 or B1/B2 United States visa must enroll in the Electronic Visa Update SystemOpens in New Window(EVUS) prior to travelling to the U.S.
  • Other foreign citizens must make sure they have all the necessary travel documents in hand (e.g. valid passport, visa, residence permit).

Travel to and from the United States via Canada

Check-in Requirements:

Valid government-issued identification documents including name, date of birth and gender may be required when checking in for the flight. For examples and other important information, visit thePassenger ProtectOpens in New Window website.

Boarding Gate Requirements:

At the boarding gate, each passenger must present one of the following valid (not expired) pieces of identification:

  • A passport
  • A NEXUS card
    • Air Canada strongly encourages you to also carry a valid passport when travelling outside the country, even when travelling to or from the United States.

Carriage will be refused to any passenger who:

  • Refuses to present the appropriate valid travel document
  • Refuses to show his/her entire face
  • Does not resemble the photo on the travel document

For identification and security purposes, your booking must provide your full name as it appears on your travel document; as well, you may have to provide your date of birth and gender when completing your booking.

Secure Flight Program:

As required under the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA)'s Secure Flight Program,open a new windowSecure Flight information must be provided at least 72 hours prior to travel, or at time of booking for reservations made within 72 hours of departure if you are travelling:

  • to, from or via the United States
  • on a flight that is flying over the continental United States (excluding flights between two points in Canada)

Passengers transiting through Canada on their way to/from the U.S.:

Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge and Air Canada Express areapproved air carriersparticipating in the Canadian government's Transit Without Visa (TWOV) program, andChina Transit Program (CTP). This participation allowsour customerswho are citizens of certain Asian countries and who are transiting through Vancouver Airport, Calgary Airport or Toronto-Pearson Airport (Terminal 1 only) to travelto or fromthe United States without obtaining a Canadian temporary resident visaunder certain specific conditions.

More abouttransiting through Canada without a visa.open a new window

Travel Documents:

  • Canadians holding dual citizenship must travel to Canada with a Canadian passport even for transit purposes. Certificates of citizenship and other documents previously used as proof of Canadian citizenship are no longer accepted for travel by air.
  • U.S. permanent residents/landed immigrants (including NEXUS cardopen a new windowholders) must have a validElectronic Travel Authorizationopen a new window(eTA) to board a flight from Canada to the United States. They must also carry a validpassport and a valid Permanent Resident/Resident Alien Card (form I-551).
  • Visa-exempt foreign citizensmust have anElectronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to board a flight to Canada on their way to the United States. To see if the citizens of your country need an eTA or to apply for one, visit the Government of Canada’sElectronic Travel Authorizationopen a new windowwebsite.
  • Citizens from countries participating in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP) must obtain an Electronic System for Travel Authorizationopen a new window(ESTA) prior to boarding a flight to the United States.
  • Chinese citizens holding a full term 10-year B1, B2 or B1/B2 United States visa must enroll in the Electronic Visa Update Systemopen a new window(EVUS) prior to travelling to the United States.
  • Other foreign citizens must make sure they have all the necessary travel documents in hand (e.g. valid passport, visa, residence permit).

U.S. Passengers travelling between Canada and Cuba

If you are travelling between Canada and Cuba and are a U.S. citizen, a U.S. permanent resident or other person subject to U.S. jurisdiction, please be advised that the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) requires that you fill out a declaration to acknowledge that you are a holder of a specific travel license for Cuba, or that your travel to Cuba is related to one of the following general license categories:

  1. Family visits
  2. Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations
  3. Journalistic activity
  4. Professional research/professional meetings and conferences
  5. Educational activities/group people-to-people educational travel
  6. Religious activities
  7. Athletic competitions by amateur or semi-professional athletes or athletic teams
  8. Support for the Cuban people
  9. Humanitarian projects
  10. Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes
  11. Exportation, importation or transmission of information or information materials
  12. Certain authorized export transactions

You will be asked to complete this declaration of your purpose of travel at the airport prior to boarding your flight to Cuba.

Before booking a trip to Cuba, U.S. travellers should consult the U.S. Department of the Treasury website for more information on Cuba sanctions.

Please note, also, that U.S. dollars are not accepted as currency in Cuba. If you are travelling to Cuba, you are advised to bring Canadian dollars, euros or any other currency accepted by the Central Bank of Cuba, for the purchase of local goods and services. Certain major credit cards issued by non-US banks are also accepted in certain establishments and banking institutions.

All other International Travel

Check-in Requirements:

Valid government-issued identification documents including name, date of birth and gender may be required when checking in for the flight. For examples and other important information, visit thePassenger ProtectOpens in New Window website.

Boarding Gate Requirements:

At the boarding gate, each passenger must present a valid (not expired) passport.

    Carriage will be refused to any passenger who:

    • Refuses to present the appropriate valid travel document
    • Refuses to show his/her entire face
    • Does not resemble the photo on the travel document

    For identification and security purposes, your booking must provide your full name as it appears on your travel document; as well, you may have to provide your date of birth and gender when completing your booking.

    Flights over the United States:

    Please see important information about theSecure Flight ProgramOpens in New Window if your itinerary includes a flight that is flying over the continental United States.

    Flights over Russia:

    The government of Russia requires airlines to supply the name, date of birth, gender and passport information of all passengers travelling on flights that fly over Russian territory.

    Travel Documents:

    • Most travellers, including Canadian and U.S. citizens, must carry a valid passport to travel to a foreign country. A visa or electronic visa may also be required for some countries.
    • Canadians holding dual citizenship must travel to Canada with a Canadian passport. Certificates of citizenship and other documents previously used as proof of Canadian citizenship are no longer accepted for travel by air.
    • Canadian permanent residents/landed immigrants returning to Canada from abroad must carry a validpassport and a valid Canadian Permanent Resident Card (PR Card).
    • Students and temporary workers in Canada who are citizens of a country for which a visa is required to enter Canada must hold a valid visa to return to Canada from travel abroad (even if they hold a valid study or work permit). Citizens of a visa-exempt country require an Electronic Travel AuthorizationOpens in New Window (eTA) if they applied for and/or received their original study or work permit prior to August 1, 2015.
    • Visa-exempt foreign citizensmust obtain anElectronic Travel Authorization (eTA) prior to boarding a flight to Canada. To see if the citizens of your country need an eTA or to apply for one, visit the Government of Canada’sElectronic Travel AuthorizationOpens in New Windowwebsite.
    • Other foreign citizens must make sure they have all the necessary travel documents in hand (e.g. valid passport, visa, residence permit).

    Passports

    A valid passport is required for travel to, from and via most countries, including for return travel to Canada. If you do not have a valid passport, we strongly recommend that you apply for one well in advance of travel.

    Some countries require that your passport be valid for three or six months beyond your date of return. Visit the IATA Travel CentreOpens in New Window or Travel and Tourism CanadaOpens in New Window to determine whether the three- or six-month rule applies to your destination(s).

    Passports must be in good condition: passports damaged beyond normal wear and tear will not be accepted. Examples of damage to a passport may be found on the Canadian Passport ProgramOpens in New Window website. If you are concerned about the condition of your passport, contact the Canadian Passport ProgramOpens in New Window or the appropriate embassy, high commission or consulate to get a new passport.

    More about Passports

    • Canadian permanent residents/landed immigrants returning to Canada from abroad must carry a validpassport and a valid Canadian Permanent Resident Card (PR Card).
    • Canadians holding dual citizenship must travel to Canada with a valid Canadian passport. Certificates of citizenship and other documents previously used as proof of Canadian citizenship are no longer accepted for travel by air.

    Visas

    Visit the IATA Travel CentreOpens in New Window and Travel and Tourism CanadaOpens in New Window for detailed information on country-specific passport, visa and health requirements.

    More about Visas

    • Consult with the appropriate embassy, high commission or consulate about the travel document requirements for any country that you plan to enter in, exit from or transit through.
    • Many countries no longer issue paper visas but rather electronic visas. Applications for electronic visas must be made online prior to travel. You should print your electronic visa and carry it with you when you travel as you may need to present it to immigration authorities at destination. Travel may be denied to travellers who are not in possession of a printed copy of their electronic visa.
    • Obtain visas well in advance of your anticipated departure date, as you may need to mail your passport to the visa-issuing mission.
    • Some countries require passports to be valid for a minimum period before they will issue a visa.
    • There may be an extended delay if you apply for a visa from a third country while you are travelling.

    Entry and Exit Requirements

    On your arrival in a foreign country, be prepared to prove that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your intended stay and that you will be admitted to the next country on your itinerary. For example, have a visa for that country if it is required. Many countries will grant entry only if you are in possession of a return or onward ticket.

    Some countries impose exit controls, which may include exit permits, proof of payment of local taxes if applicable, payment or sometimes very costly fines for visa overstays. In some countries, you must register with local authorities if you are not staying at a recognized hotel. Otherwise, your departure may be delayed, or you may be fined when you leave.

    How to prepare for travel

    Passports

    For travel to countries where a passport is required, all Canadians, including children, must carry their own passport. Canada does not allow children to travel on their parent's passport.

    Entry and Exit Requirements

    Prior to any international travel that includes a child, parents should visit the IATA Travel Centre and Travel and Tourism CanadaOpens in New Window, or contact the embassy high commission or consulate of all countries the child will be visiting to enquire about entry and exit requirements.

    Other Travel Documents

    Some countries require one or more of the following documents when travelling with a childopen a new window:

    • The child’s birth certificate showing the names of both parents.
    • Any legal documents(e.g. court order or letter of special circ*mstances)pertaining to custody.
    • A parental consent letter or affidavit authorizing travel (if the child is travelling with one parent, the letter must be signed and dated by the other parent; if the child is travelling without his parents, the letter must be signed and dated by both parents.)
    • A death certificate if one of the parents is deceased

    Passport Signature for Minors Holding a Canadian Passport

    Parents/legal guardians must never sign their child’s Canadian passport. Signing your child’s passport will make it invalid thus the signature block on page 3 must be left blank.

    For more details, refer to the Canadian Passport ProgramOpens in New Window website.

    Air Canada - Travel Documents Required For Travel (2024)

    FAQs

    What travel documents do I need to travel to Canada? ›

    Entry into Canada: Canadian law requires that all persons entering Canada carry proof of citizenship and identity. A valid U.S. passport, passport card, or NEXUS card satisfies these requirements for U.S. citizens. Children under 16 only need proof of U.S. citizenship.

    What travel documents do you need to fly within Canada? ›

    Domestic air travel
    • one piece of photo identification issued by a Canadian federal, provincial or territorial government with your full name and date of birth or.
    • two pieces of identification issued by a Canadian federal, provincial or territorial government.

    What documents do you need for a travel document Canada? ›

    Travel documents
    • Canadian passports. ...
    • Canadian Travel Number. ...
    • NEXUS. ...
    • Permanent resident card. ...
    • Pre-boarding identification requirements. ...
    • Travel documents for non-Canadians. ...
    • Visas. ...
    • Certificate of Canadian citizenship.
    Feb 12, 2024

    What do I need to travel by air to Canada? ›

    Passports. A valid passport is required for travel to, from and via most countries, including for return travel to Canada. If you do not have a valid passport, we strongly recommend that you apply for one well in advance of travel.

    What travel documents do I need to enter the US from Canada? ›

    Information for Canadians

    However, all Canadians entering the U.S. by air require passports, and Canadians entering the U.S. by land or sea must have a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)-compliant travel document. Some Canadians, do require visas.

    Do I need to fill out a form to enter Canada? ›

    Before you arrive in Canada, you may be asked to complete a Customs Declaration Card. Complete this card before meeting with customs and immigration officials, even if you aren't a Canadian citizen. If you're traveling by air, it's a good idea to complete the card before you leave the airplane.

    What do I need to know before flying to Canada? ›

    6 Things U.S. Travelers Should Know Before Visiting Canada
    • Pack Your Passport. Do you need a passport to go to Canada? ...
    • Check the Holiday Calendar. ...
    • Know Your Credit Card PIN. ...
    • Add Travel Insurance. ...
    • Make Sure Your U.S. Driver's License is Valid. ...
    • Bring Your AAA Card.

    What travel documents do I need to fly? ›

    Acceptable Identification at the TSA Checkpoint
    • Driver's licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent) ...
    • State-Issued Drivers License or State-Issued ID.
    • U.S. passport.
    • U.S. passport card.
    • DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)

    Does Canada require COVID test for flights? ›

    Testing requirement for traveling between US and Canada

    If you're flying to Canada, you must have a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the scheduled departure of your final flight to Canada.

    What travel document do I need? ›

    Driver's License, Passport and Travel Visa

    Whether you are traveling domestically within your home country or outside of it, you'll need proper identification.

    Can I get into Canada with a US real ID? ›

    REAL ID cards cannot be used for border crossings into Canada, Mexico or other international travel.

    Can an enhanced driver's license be used to enter Canada? ›

    Enhanced Driver's Licenses are only valid for land and marine crossings, however, so you will not be able to fly to Canada with it as your only form of identification. An Enhanced Driver's License or EDL can enable a US citizen to visit Canada for both leisure and business purposes.

    What does Air Canada require to fly? ›

    In accordance with government regulations, Air Canada must check identification at the boarding gate for all passengers who appear to be 18 years of age or older. These passengers must present valid government-issued identification documents that include their full name and date of birth.

    What do US citizens need to travel to Canada? ›

    American citizens, including American-Canadian citizens, must carry proper identification and meet the basic requirements to enter Canada. You do not need a Canadian passport, a Canadian visa or an eTA to enter Canada if you are travelling with a valid U.S. passport.

    What travel documents do I need to travel within Canada? ›

    Travel within Canada. Must be presented during boarding at the gate: One piece of valid (not expired) government-issued photo ID that includes name, and date of birth. Fishing, hunting, and boating licenses will not be accepted.

    Do I need a passport to go to Canada if I have a real ID? ›

    Q: Do I need a passport if I have a REAL ID? If you are traveling internationally you will still need your passport. If you are traveling domestically, you will only need one valid form of identification – either your REAL ID or another acceptable alternative such as a passport, not both.

    What documents do I need to cross the US border from Canada by car? ›

    a valid passport. a Trusted Traveler Program card. an enhanced driver's licence (EDL) or enhanced identification card (EIC) from a province or territory where a U.S. approved EDL/EIC program has been implemented.

    What do I need to do if I want to travel to Canada? ›

    Most travellers entering Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visa. Answer a few questions to find out what you will need to visit Canada. It will take just a few minutes. If you need an eTA, you can access the online application form right after you finish the questionnaire.

    What do I need to travel to Canada as a US permanent resident? ›

    Lawful permanent residents of the U.S. must present these documents for all methods of travel to Canada:
    1. a valid passport from their country of nationality (or an equivalent acceptable travel document) and.
    2. a valid green card (or equivalent valid proof of status in the United States)
    Mar 7, 2024

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