Planning a trip?
Visit travel.gc.ca for advisories and essential information for Canadians travelling or living overseas
Be prepared: Learn how to get prepared before you go for safe and enjoyable travels.
Register with the Registration of Canadians Abroad. This service will help the Government of Canada to contact and assist you during an emergency in a foreign country.
Travel reports: Read the travel reports of the countries you will be visiting for information about safety and security, local laws and customs, entry requirements, health conditions and more.
Always travel with a valid passport: It is the only proof of your nationality and identity accepted in all countries.Footnote 1
Make two photocopies of your passport identification page and leave a copy with a trusted friend or relative who is not travelling with you. Keep the other copy with you when you travel and leave it in a safe place separate from your passport.
Keep your passport safe while travelling. Do not leave it unattended in your luggage, vehicle, hotel or elsewhere. Carry it in your money belt, inside coat pocket or purse, or lock it in your hotel safe.
Each country sets its own visa requirements. Make sure you know the rules before you go.
If you submit a passport for renewal that contains a valid visa, you must indicate on the application form that you want the passport returned to you and advise us that the visa needs to remain intact (inform the agent verbally if you apply in person, or include a letter with an application submitted by mail or at a receiving agent).
Many countries require that your passport be valid for several months after your planned departure date from that country. Because each country sets its own rules, you should consult the travel reports of the countries you will be visiting to confirm their requirements.
Contact the Emergency Operations Centre operated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the Emergency Operations Centre offers assistance to Canadians in case of an emergency situation abroad.
- Make sure you are carrying a valid passport and that its expiry date is well beyond your return date.
- Remember to sign the passport on page 3 (except for children under 11), and fill in your current address and the name of a person to contact in case of emergency on page 4.
- Canadians in Canada: Try to apply for a passport between June and November, when application volumes are lower.
- Canadians abroad: To avoid problems re-entering Canada, travel with a valid Canadian passport.
- Non-Canadians in Canada may also apply for a travel document.
- Read the last page of the passport.
- In some countries, you may have to give your passport to a foreign official or a hotel/hostel employee. If you don't get it back in a reasonable time, inform the nearest Government of Canada office abroad.
- Footnote 1
A Certificate of Canadian Citizenship is not a travel document. A Canadian passport is the only reliable and universally accepted travel and identification document available to Canadians for the purpose of international travel. Canadian citizens returning to Canada who present other documents, such as a Certificate of Canadian Citizenship, birth certificate, provincial driver’s license, or foreign passport, instead of a Canadian passport, may face delays or be denied boarding by transport companies.
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