Documents Needed for Air Travel


Where possible, it is the traveller’s responsibility to keep identification documents up to date. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and limited access to some provincial and territorial service centres, expired identification documents are temporarily accepted for travel within Canada.

This applies only if: 

This temporary measure is in effect until January 31, 2021.

Bringing the right identification to the airport will help with a quick identity verification and check-in process.

Remember that the name on your identification must match the name on your airline ticket and boarding pass.

Domestic air travel

If you have Canadian identification

Show one of these documents at the boarding gate:

Here are some examples of valid Canadian government-issued identification documents:

You can no longer use hunting, boating and fishing licences as identification for domestic flights.

In the event of loss or theft of identification documents, see subsection 3(2) of the Secure Air Travel Regulations for information on alternative identification requirements for domestic air travel.

If you don’t have Canadian identification

You can use any of the travel documents you used to enter Canada, such as:

International air travel

Show one of these required forms of identification at the boarding gate for an international flight to/from Canada:

For Canadian citizens

Always carry a valid Canadian passport when you travel outside Canada. See Travel documents for more information.

Counter-terrorism News Releases

  • Government of Canada reaches key milestone to strengthen air travel security
    November 4, 2020
  • Minister Blair Announces Measures to Fix Issues with the Secure Air Travel Act list
    November 4, 2020
  • Five Country Ministerial and Quintet of Attorneys General Concludes
    August 1, 2019
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    Counter-terrorism - Publications and Reports

  • 2018 Public Report on the Terrorism Threat to Canada
  • National Strategy on Countering Radicalization to Violence
  • Strengthening Canada’s Counter-Proliferation Framework
  • Federal terrorism response plan: Domestic concept of operations
  • 2017 Public Report on the Terrorist Threat to Canada
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