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Assistance to Canadians

Your Travel Document

Transport companies, such as air, rail, and bus services, are required to ensure that all passengers travelling to Canada can produce valid, universally accepted travel documents. This includes Canadian citizens returning to Canada from abroad. Transport companies, especially international airlines, may be fined if they carry improperly documented travellers and are often liable to return those passengers to their point of origin.

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.

Canadian citizens travelling with a non-Canadian passport, accompanied by a Canadian citizenship card, may be refused boarding by the airline when attempting to return to Canada. It is recommended that Canadian citizens travel with a Canadian passport.

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Date Modified:
2009-08-07