Documents Needed for Air Travel

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

COVID-19 NOTICE: 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 August 31, 2020.

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.

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 departing 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

  • Five Country Ministerial and Quintet of Attorneys General Concludes
    August 1, 2019
  • Government of Canada Announces Initiatives to Address Violent Extremist and Terrorist Content Online
    June 26, 2019
  • Statement from Minister Goodale on the Public Report on the Terrorist Threat in Canada
    April 7, 2019
  • More Counter-terrorism News Releases

    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
  • More Counter-terrorism Publications and Reports

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