ID Requirements for Canadians Travelling Abroad | AMA Travel

ID Requirements for Canadians Travelling Abroad

AMA Travel strongly recommends that Canadian Citizens planning to travel obtain a Canadian Passport, well in advance of your travel date, as this is the most widely accepted form of ID when travelling.

Domestic Travel – Travelling by Air Only:

New Identity Screening Regulations are required for all passengers planning to travel on Canadian domestic flights, who appear to be 12 years of age or older, to present the following ID before boarding:

  • ONE piece of valid government-issued PHOTO ID that shows name, date of birth, and gender (Example: Passport or Drivers License) OR
  • TWO pieces of valid government-issued ID (without a photo), one of which shows name, date of birth, and gender (Example: Birth Certificate along with Government Health Card) AND
  • The name on the identification must match the name on the boarding pass. These rules are part of the Government of Canada’s new Identity Screening Regulations for air travel. All rules for flights to the United States and other international travel continue to apply.

Canada to United States

  • To enter the United States by air, land or sea, Canadian visitors must have a valid Canadian Passport.
  • As a Canadian your passport need not be valid beyond the duration of your planned trip to the U.S. and it need not be machine-readable

Canada to Mexico

Canadian and American passengers flying into Mexico are required to show a valid passport. Please visit the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Website for further information.

Children and Passports

All children and babies who travel need their own passport.

Before the child travels, make sure you know the requirements and precautions for travelling with children or for when a child is travelling alone. Extra documentation may be required, such as a birth certificate showing the names of the child's legal parent(s); any legal documents pertaining to custody; a death certificate if one of the parents is deceased; a status document from Citizenship and Immigration Canada; and/or a parental consent letter.

Inquire with AMA Travel about the country you plan to visit. Our knowledgeable consultants will advise you of any entry requirements.

Requirements for Other Countries and Non-Canadians

Some countries require special documentation for entry. We highly recommend that you check the entry requirements for each country. Many countries also require that your passport be valid at least 6 months or longer beyond the final date of your trip. If your passport does not meet the validity date requirements, you will need to apply for a new one.

Inquire with AMA Travel about the country you plan to visit. Visa applications can be obtained while arranging your travel plans with AMA Travel. Our knowledgeable consultants will advise you of any entry requirements and help you to process your application.