Passport For Canada

If you're visiting the Okanagan BC from another country you may need a passport for Canada.

This page is a quick overview about the requirements for travel into Canada from out of country.

Before you travel into Canada you'll want to be prepared with proper identification and/or required international travel documents. Canada passport requirements vary depending on what country you are visiting Canada from.

The information here is sourced from the Canadian Citizendship and Immigration website, and should not be considered as official representation of Canadian Government regulations. This is general information only, intended to provide awareness to those who wish to travel to Canada. Please consult the Citizenship and Immigration Canada Website for full Canadian entrance requirements.

Guidelines For Travel Into Canada

To visit Canada, you must:

  • have a valid travel document, such as a passport
  • be in good health
  • satisfy an immigration officer that you have ties, such as a job, home and family, that will take you back to your country of origin
  • satisfy an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit and
  • have enough money for your stay. The amount of money you will need can vary with the circumstances of the visit, how long you will stay and whether you will stay in a hotel or with friends or relatives. For more information, ask the Canadian visa office in your country or region.

You may also need:

  • a Temporary Resident Visa, depending on your citizenship
  • a medical examination and
  • a letter of invitation from someone who lives in Canada.

What Is A Passport?

A passport is a document, issued by a national government, that certifies, for the purpose of international travel, the identity and nationality of its holder. The elements of identity include name, date of birth, sex, and place of birth.

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A passport does not of itself entitle the passport holder entry into another country, nor to consular protection while abroad or any other privileges, in the absence of any special agreements which cover the situation.

A passport, also, does not represent the right, or the place of residence, of the passport holder in the country in which the passport was issued. However, a passport does, normally entitle the passport holder to return to the country which issued the passport.

Important Note For U.S. Travelers To Canada:

Effective June 1, 2009, a new law known as the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) will require U.S. citizens, who are 16 years of age or older, who re-enter the United States by land and sea to have a passport for Canada or other appropriate secure identification document like a Nexus Card

Canada Travel Requirements For Kids

If you plan to travel into Canada with children, you must carry identification for each child under 18 years of age. Rules apply for divorced parents who share custody of their children.

To avoid unnecessary delays and difficulties entering into Canada with children it is important to be properly prepared. And it's a good idea for kids to have a passport for Canada as well.

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