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Traveling to Canada

Prepare for your visit in advance by checking the requirements for travel documents if you are visiting Vancouver from outside Canada.

Identification requirements for U.S citizens and permanent residents
For tourist visits to Canada of less than 180 days, US citizens do not need visas. If you are a US citizen or permanent resident, you must carry proof of citizenship such as a passport, birth certificate, a certificate of citizenship or naturalization, a US Permanent Resident Card, or a Certificate of Indian Status along with photo identification. A valid passport is required for air travel and recommended for ground travel.

Identification requirements for international visitors
All international travellers must carry acceptable identification and a valid visa (if necessary) when entering Canada. The Government of Canada requires that all travellers carry a valid passport because it is the only reliable and universally-accepted travel and identification document for the purpose of international travel. International transport companies, such as airlines, must make sure that travellers have proper, valid travel documents. If you do not have the proper documents, you may be delayed or unable to board the plane.

Electronic Travel Authorization
New entry requirements are now in effect. Visa-exempt foreign nationals need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include US.citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents cannot apply for an eTA. Be prepared: Apply for an eTA before you book your flight to Canada. Most applicants get approved within minutes. However, some applications can take several days to process so don’t wait until the last minute. 

Dual Canadian citizens need a valid Canadian passport when traveling by air.

In many cases the expiration date on your passport must be greater than six months before your departure date. Check the specifics for your country!

Canada Border Services Agency: Visitors to Canada

Visit Canada: Travel Documents

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