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.
Information and guide for:
Canadians living in the US (or Bermuda); and
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) provides an overview of the laws, restrictions, entitlements and obligations of Canadian residents returning from travel outside Canada. The information provided was accurate when it was published; however, legislative provisions and requirements can change at any time.
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On page 5 & 6 you will find information on personal exemptions for absence of 24 hours or more, 48 hours or more, and absence of 7 days or more.
Canadians Abroad(Service Canada) The Government of Canada offers Canadians living abroad assistance as well as important information on taxation, customs and other topics.
Find information on:
Authentication of Documents;
CANPASS - Private Aircraft;
CANPASS - Private Boats; and
For emergency help (stolen or lost passport etc.) you will find links to phone numbers of your nearest embassy or consulate during business hours. You can also find contact information to call (anytime) Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Emergency Operations Centre in Ottawa.
Directory of websites and contact information for Canadian government offices abroad. These offices provide a variety of services to Canadians, including consular services. (In addition to routine and emergency services, consular officers abroad provide specialized services for a fee, including legal and notary services and the transfer of funds.)
The Government of Canada has developed this booklet to help you protect your health while travelling or living abroad. It includes essential information on understanding travel health risks; taking preventive measures before, during and after your travel; coping with a health emergency abroad; and accessing consular services in a health emergency.
Also available in PDF.
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