Travelling in North America

Travelling to the United States

All travellers, including US and Canadian citizens, must present a valid passport or other approved secure document when entering the United States.

Although many countries require that a passport be valid at least six months beyond the duration of your stay, American authorities currently state that as a Canadian: "Your passport only needs to be valid for the duration of your planned trip to the U.S."

These entry requirements are determined by the authorities of the United States and are subject to change at any time. You may check with the Embassy of the United States of America and its consulates for up-to-date information. You may also communicate with your airline carrier to obtain its identification requirements.

Visit travel.gc.ca for more information about travelling to the United States.


Travelling to Mexico

All Canadian citizens need a valid passport for entry to Mexico. Canadian permanent residents seeking entry into Mexico require a permanent resident card, a certificate of identity, or a refugee travel document.

For more information, please consult the Embassy or Consulate of Mexico in Canada or Canada's Travel Report for Mexico.


Returning to Canada

A passport is the only reliable and universally accepted identification document, and it proves that you have a right to return to Canada.