Travelling abroad – Before you leave Canada

Before you leave Canada, take time to learn about your destination and make sure it is safe to travel there. Some countries experience ongoing wars, insurgencies or sporadic unrest that could impact on your travel plans. Trip cancellation insurance may be null and void if a Travel Warning is already in effect when a trip is booked.

Stay safe – stay tuned

Connect with the world and keep posted on travel advice for more than 200 destinations. Country travel advice and advisories offers information on safety and security, local laws and customs, entry requirements, health conditions and other important travel issues. Our News and warnings section offers the latest travel-related news and warnings. You may also register with our Travel Updates service to receive daily emails on the latest updates from our Country Travel Advice and Advisories section. RSS feeds provide you with the latest information on countries of your choice. Other online resources focus on a variety of travel issues, such as documentation, transportation, citizenship, and emergencies.

Before travelling abroad, we advise you to

  • Note the contact details of Canadian embassies and consulates in the countries you plan to visit and carry this information with you at all times. Click here for a detailed list of Canadian government offices abroad.
  • Provide family or friends with a travel itinerary and contact details, as well as the emergency number for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.

Your Canadian passport

A Canadian passport is the only reliable and universally accepted travel and identification document for Canadian citizens. If you plan to travel abroad, be sure that each family member has a valid passport.

Applying for a passport

Plan ahead and apply for a passport well before booking an international flight. Passport application forms are available at:
  • The Passport Canada website;
  • Passport Canada offices;
  • Service Canada centres;
  • Canada Post outlets; or
  • Canadian government offices abroad.
To avoid delays, ensure your passport application is complete and includes the required documents and fee. Processing may take up to 20 business days (not including mailing) from the time a complete application is received by Passport Canada. Urgent and express pick-up service is also available at Passport Canada offices. Consult Passport Canada’s website for more information.

Keep your passport safe while travelling

Do not leave your passport unattended. Keep it safely on your person, in an inside pocket or in a hidden security wallet. Scan or photocopy the identification page of your passport (page 2) and your identification cards. Email the scanned image to yourself or carry a copy with you (separate from your passport). Also, leave a copy with a friend or relative who is not travelling with you. We also recommend that you carry your birth or citizenship certificate when travelling. These precautions may help speed up the replacement of a lost passport. If you are required to send your passport out to obtain a visa, we suggest you use a secure courier service and enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope. If a passport is due to expire within six months of your scheduled return to Canada, check with an embassy or consulate of your destination country in Canada for rules and restrictions regarding passport validity. Some countries will not let you enter if your passport is due to expire within six months.

If your passport is lost, stolen or damaged

Report the loss or theft immediately to Passport Canada or the nearest Canadian government office abroad and to the local police (either in Canada or abroad). Before a new passport can be issued, you must complete and submit an application form along with documentary evidence of your Canadian citizenship (e.g., a birth certificate or citizenship certificate), new photographs, the required fee and a completed Declaration concerning a lost, stolen, damaged, destroyed or inaccessible Canadian passport or travel document form (PPTC 203. If you regain possession of a passport that was reported lost or stolen, do not use it for travel, as you will encounter problems at border crossings. Return it immediately to Passport Canada or the nearest Canadian government office abroad. If your passport is damaged, apply for a new one. Otherwise, you could experience significant delays at passport checkpoints. Airlines may prevent you from boarding, and you could be refused entry or exit at border crossings.

Visas and other entry requirements

You need a visa to enter certain countries. The most common categories are business, work, student and tourist visas. Be sure to obtain any visas and fulfill all entry requirements well before travelling. For details, consult with your travel counsellor or the destination country’s embassy or consulate in Canada. Some examples of entry requirements include:
  • a certified criminal record check (provided by the RCMP);
  • a medical certificate;
  • proof of HIV testing; and
  • a yellow fever vaccination certificate (if you are arriving from an infected area).
Some countries will allow you to enter only if you can prove you will be leaving and have enough money to support yourself during your stay. Be prepared to show your return or onward ticket, a bank statement or any visas that demonstrate that you plan to visit another country. Source: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/publications/bon-voyage-but

Before you leave Canada, take time to learn about your destination and make sure it is safe to travel there. Some countries experience ongoing wars, insurgencies or sporadic unrest that could impact on your travel plans. Trip cancellation insurance may be null and void if a Travel Warning is already in effect when a trip is booked.

Stay safe – stay tuned

Connect with the world and keep posted on travel advice for more than 200 destinations. Country travel advice and advisories offers information on safety and security, local laws and customs, entry requirements, health conditions and other important travel issues.

Our News and warnings section offers the latest travel-related news and warnings. You may also register with our Travel Updates service to receive daily emails on the latest updates from our Country Travel Advice and Advisories section.

RSS feeds provide you with the latest information on countries of your choice.

Other online resources focus on a variety of travel issues, such as documentation, transportation, citizenship, and emergencies.

Before travelling abroad, we advise you to

  • Note the contact details of Canadian embassies and consulates in the countries you plan to visit and carry this information with you at all times. Click here for a detailed list of Canadian government offices abroad.
  • Provide family or friends with a travel itinerary and contact details, as well as the emergency number for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.

Your Canadian passport

A Canadian passport is the only reliable and universally accepted travel and identification document for Canadian citizens. If you plan to travel abroad, be sure that each family member has a valid passport.

Applying for a passport

Plan ahead and apply for a passport well before booking an international flight. Passport application forms are available at:

  • The Passport Canada website;
  • Passport Canada offices;
  • Service Canada centres;
  • Canada Post outlets; or
  • Canadian government offices abroad.

To avoid delays, ensure your passport application is complete and includes the required documents and fee. Processing may take up to 20 business days (not including mailing) from the time a complete application is received by Passport Canada. Urgent and express pick-up service is also available at Passport Canada offices.

Consult Passport Canada’s website for more information.

Keep your passport safe while travelling

Do not leave your passport unattended. Keep it safely on your person, in an inside pocket or in a hidden security wallet.

Scan or photocopy the identification page of your passport (page 2) and your identification cards. Email the scanned image to yourself or carry a copy with you (separate from your passport). Also, leave a copy with a friend or relative who is not travelling with you. We also recommend that you carry your birth or citizenship certificate when travelling. These precautions may help speed up the replacement of a lost passport.

If you are required to send your passport out to obtain a visa, we suggest you use a secure courier service and enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

If a passport is due to expire within six months of your scheduled return to Canada, check with an embassy or consulate of your destination country in Canada for rules and restrictions regarding passport validity. Some countries will not let you enter if your passport is due to expire within six months.

If your passport is lost, stolen or damaged

Report the loss or theft immediately to Passport Canada or the nearest Canadian government office abroad and to the local police (either in Canada or abroad). Before a new passport can be issued, you must complete and submit an application form along with documentary evidence of your Canadian citizenship (e.g., a birth certificate or citizenship certificate), new photographs, the required fee and a completed Declaration concerning a lost, stolen, damaged, destroyed or inaccessible Canadian passport or travel document form (PPTC 203.

If you regain possession of a passport that was reported lost or stolen, do not use it for travel, as you will encounter problems at border crossings. Return it immediately to Passport Canada or the nearest Canadian government office abroad.

If your passport is damaged, apply for a new one. Otherwise, you could experience significant delays at passport checkpoints. Airlines may prevent you from boarding, and you could be refused entry or exit at border crossings.

Visas and other entry requirements

You need a visa to enter certain countries. The most common categories are business, work, student and tourist visas. Be sure to obtain any visas and fulfill all entry requirements well before travelling. For details, consult with your travel counsellor or the destination country’s embassy or consulate in Canada.

Some examples of entry requirements include:

  • a certified criminal record check (provided by the RCMP);
  • a medical certificate;
  • proof of HIV testing; and
  • a yellow fever vaccination certificate (if you are arriving from an infected area).

Some countries will allow you to enter only if you can prove you will be leaving and have enough money to support yourself during your stay. Be prepared to show your return or onward ticket, a bank statement or any visas that demonstrate that you plan to visit another country.

Source: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/publications/bon-voyage-but

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