Vancouver International Airport
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Entry into Canada  

The rules for entry into Canada vary from country to country. It’s important to make sure you are aware of the required travel documents you need prior to arriving!

US Visitors to Canada

US citizens and permanent residents must show proof of citizenship upon arrival, such as a passport, birth certificate, a certificate of citizenship or naturalization, or a Certificate of Indian Status along with photo identification. If you are a US permanent resident, you must show proof of your status with a US Permanent Resident Card.  

For all modes of entry into the country (air, land, water) a valid passport is recommended.  A passport may be required by your airline or alternative transportation authority, as it is the only universally-accepted identification document. If you’re a member of the NEXUS program, you may present your NEXUS card to the Canadian Border Services Agent as proof of identification and as a document that denotes citizenship, when arriving by air, land, or marine vessels. Visit the Canada Border Services Agency website for more information.  

International Visitors to Canada

All international travelers must carry a valid passport because it is the only universally-accepted travel and identification document for the purpose of international travel. You may require a valid visa to enter Canada; visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website to find out what travels documents you’ll need in order to come to Canada.  

Canada has recently introduced a new entry requirement known as the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) for visa-exempt foreign nationals traveling to Canada by air. Exceptions include US citizens and travelers with a valid Canadian visa.  

Traveling with minors or pets? Visit the Canada Border Services Agency website for more information.


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