Air Canada

Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)

Why do I need to document my travel reasons and where will the Affidavit form be collected?

must have anElectronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to board a flight to Canada on their way to the United States. To see if the citizens of your country need an eTA or to apply for one, visit the Government of CanadasElectronic Travel Authorization

Travel to and from the United States via Canada

It isyour responsibilityto ensure that you – and any child travelling with you – have all the valid travel documents necessary to enter in, exit from or transit through, each country/region on your itinerary.Note that the documents required for the outbound portion of your travel may differ from those required for the return.

Does not resemble the photo on the travel document

Visit theIATA Travel CentreOpens in New WindowandTravel and Tourism CanadaOpens in New Windowfor detailed information on country-specific passport, visa and health requirements.

U.S. permanent residents/landed immigrants

Educational activities or group people-to-people exchanges

As required under the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA)sSecure Flight Program

must make sure they have all the necessary travel documents in hand (e.g. valid passport, visa, residence permit).

For travellersyounger than 18, an original birth certificate or non-government issued ID (e.g. a student card) is suggested but not mandatory, unless ourUnaccompanied Minor Serviceis used.

(eTA) if they applied for and/or received their original study or work permit prior to August 1, 2015.

Canadian permanent residents/landed immigrants

Students and temporary workers in Canada

must obtain anElectronic Travel Authorization (eTA) prior to boarding a flight to Canada. To see if the citizens of your country need an eTA or to apply for one, visit the Government of CanadasElectronic Travel Authorization

a valid Canadian Permanent Resident Card (PR Card).

General Conditions of Carriage & Tariffs

The U.S. Government currently limits the reasons for which U.S citizens, U.S permanent residents and other persons subject to U.S jurisdiction may travel to Cuba. As such, these travellers must complete and sign an Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Affidavit form which will be provided at the departure gate from airports in Canada which offer service to Cuba.

Please see important information about theSecure Flight ProgramOpens in New Windowif your itinerary includes a flight that is flying over the continental United States.

Transit through Canada without a Visa

For travel to countries where a passport is required, all Canadians, including children, must carry their own passport.Canada does not allow children to travel on their parents passport.

a valid Canadian Permanent Resident Card (PR Card).

Exportation, importation or transmission of information or information materials

For specific information on the Cuba sanctions regulations including fact sheets on recent changes regarding Cuba, applying for an OFAC license online, and more guidance regarding travel to Cuba, please refer to thisU.S Department of the TreasuryOpen PDF filedocument.

Prior to any international travel that includes a child, parents shouldvisit theIATA Travel CentreandTravel and Tourism CanadaOpens in New Window, or contact the embassy high commission or consulate of all countries the child will be visiting to enquire about entry and exit requirements.

on a flight that is flying over the continental United States (excluding flights between two points in Canada)

A valid passport is required for travel to, from and via most countries, including for return travel to Canada. If you do not have a valid passport, we strongly recommend that you apply for one well in advance of travel.

holders) must have a validElectronic Travel Authorization

holders) must have a validElectronic Travel Authorization

(eTA) to board a flight to Canada. They must also carry a valid passport and a valid Permanent Resident/Resident Alien Card (form I-551).

The completion of the form is mandatory for U.S citizens, U.S permanent residents and other persons subject to U.S jurisdiction, as well as their family member (including infants and children). This document is required because the U.S. Government requires U.S. passengers to certify that they fall within one of the permitted travel categories and airlines to capture and store passengers reasons for travel.

holding a full term 10-year B1, B2 or B1/B2 United States visa must enroll in theElectronic Visa Update System

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Air Canada islegally requiredto compare a passengers entire face with the photograph shown on the appropriate valid travel document, which must also include the passengersfull name, date of birth and gender.

(eTA) to board a flight from Canada to the United States. They must also carry a validpassport

Professional research and professional meetings

Advance Passenger Information (APIS)

Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes

Select from the options below to view identification requirements as they apply to specific itineraries.

Use our checked baggage calculator to determine your free checked baggage allowance, and any additional fees should you exceed it.

must have a valid Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to board a flight to Canada. To see if the citizens of your country need an eTA or to apply for one, visit the Government of CanadasElectronic Travel Authorization

Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations

Refuses to present the appropriate valid travel document

Flights to International Destinations

Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge and Air Canada Express areapproved air carriersparticipating in the Canadian governments Transit Without Visa (TWOV) program, andChina Transit Program (CTP). This participation allowsour customerswho are citizens of certain Asian countries and who are transiting through Vancouver Airport, Calgary Airport or Toronto-Pearson Airport (Terminal 1 only) to travelto or fromthe United States without obtaining a Canadian temporary resident visaunder certain specific conditions.

Consult with the appropriate embassy, high commission or consulate about the travel document requirements for any country that you plan to enter in, exit from or transit through.

returning to Canada from abroad must carry a validpassport

Refuses to present the appropriate valid travel document

Passports must be in good condition: passports damaged beyond normal wear and tear will not be accepted. Examples of damage to a passport may be found on theCanadian Passport ProgramOpens in New Windowwebsite. If you are concerned about the condition of your passport, contact theCanadian Passport ProgramOpens in New Windowor the appropriate embassy, high commission or consulate to get a new passport.

Air Canada islegally requiredto compare a passengers entire face with the photograph shown on the appropriate valid travel document, which must also include the passengersfull name, date of birth and gender.

Refuses to show his/her entire face

(e.g. court order or letter of special circumstances)pertaining to custody.

Air Canada islegally requiredto compare a passengers entire face with the photograph shown on the appropriate valid travel document, which must also include the passengersfull name, date of birth and gender.

One (1) piece of valid government-issued identification with photo showing the

on a flight that is flying over the continental United States (excluding flights between two points in Canada)

Check in from your computer and print your boarding pass.

There may be an extended delay if you apply for a visa from a third country while you are travelling.

a valid Canadian Permanent Resident Card (PR Card).

As required under the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA)sSecure Flight Program,open a new windowSecure Flight information must be provided at least 72 hours prior to travel, or at time of booking for reservations made within 72 hours of departure if you are travelling:

Carriage will be refused to any passenger who:

If you are travelling between Canada and Cuba and are a U.S. citizen, a U.S. permanent resident or other person subject to U.S. jurisdiction, please be advised that you will be asked to complete and sign anAffidavit for Cuba Travel formOpen PDF fileat the airport prior to boarding your flight to Cuba. This form will be available at the departure gate.

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must travel to Canada with a Canadian passport even for transit purposes. Certificates of citizenship and other documents previously used as proof of Canadian citizenship are no longer accepted for travel by air.

Obtain visas well in advance of your anticipated departure date, as you may need to mail your passport to the visa-issuing mission.

Some countries impose exit controls, which may include exit permits, proof of payment of local taxes if applicable, payment or sometimes very costly fines for visa overstays. In some countries, you must register with local authorities if you are not staying at a recognized hotel. Otherwise, your departure may be delayed, or you may be fined when you leave.

(ESTA) depending on their citizenship.

letter or affidavit authorizing travel (if the child is travelling with one parent, the letter must be signed and dated by the other parent; if the child is travelling without his parents, the letter must be signed and dated by both parents.)

Citizens from countries participating in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program

Certain authorized export transactions

Carriage will be refused if the passenger:

,Secure Flight information must be provided at least 72 hours before travel, or at time of booking for reservations made within 72 hours of departure if you are travelling:

Carriage will be refused to any passenger who:

On your arrival in a foreign country, be prepared to prove that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your intended stay and that you will be admitted to the next country on your itinerary. For example, have a visa for that country if it is required. Many countries will grant entry only if you are in possession of a return or onward ticket.

Refuses to show his/her entire face

Holder of a specific travel license for Cuba

In accordance with government regulations, Air Canada must check identification at the boarding gate for all passengers whoappear to be 18 years of ageor older. The name on the ID must match the name used on the reservation or ticket.At the boarding gate, a passenger must present:

Carriage will be refused to any passenger who:

The Affidavit form will be required until the U.S. Government changes its policy.

must travel to Canada with a valid Canadian passport. Certificates of citizenship and other documents previously used as proof of Canadian citizenship are no longer accepted for travel by air.

Some countries require passports to be valid for a minimum period before they will issue a visa.

Two (2) pieces of valid government-issued non-photo identification with

U.S. Passengers travelling between Canada and Cuba

Visit theIATA Travel CentreOpens in New WindowandTravel and Tourism CanadaOpens in New Windowfor detailed information on country-specific passport, visa and health requirements, or contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of each country on your itinerary.

For identification and security purposes, your booking must provide your full name as it appears on your travel document; as well, you may have to provide your date of birth and gender when completing your booking.

(EVUS) prior to travelling to the U.S.

returning to Canada from the United States must carry a valid passport

For identification and security purposes, your booking must provide your full name as it appears on your travel document; as well, you may have to provide your date of birth and gender when completing your booking.

must travel to Canada with a valid Canadian passport. Certificates of citizenship and other documents previously used as proof of Canadian citizenship are no longer accepted for travel by air.

Passport Signature for Minors Holding a Canadian Passport

Does not appear to be the age indicated by the date of birth on the government-issued identification,

Canadian permanent residents/landed immigrants

Some countries require one or more of the following documents whentravelling with a childopen a new window:

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For more details, refer to theCanadian Passport ProgramOpens in New Windowwebsite.

(ESTA) to board a flight to the United States.

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(ESTA) prior to boarding a flight to the United States.

For travel-specific questions, please visit the officialOffice of Foreign Assets ControlOpens in New Windowwebsite.

Refuses to show his/her entire face

Does not appear to be the gender indicated on the government-issued identification

Does not resemble the photo on the travel document

More abouttransiting through Canada without a visa.open a new window

must present either a valid passport or a validNexus card

must travel to Canada with a Canadian passport. Certificates of citizenship and other documents previously used as proof of Canadian citizenship are no longer accepted for travel by air.

Passengers transiting through Canada on their way to/from the U.S.:

Valid government-issued identification documents including name, date of birth and gender may be required when checking in for the flight. For examples and other important information, visit thePassenger ProtectOpens in New Windowwebsite.

Canadian permanent residents/landed immigrants

must make sure they have all the necessary travel documents in hand (e.g. valid passport, visa, residence permit).

Along with the normal travel documents needed to enter Canada, additional documents may be required depending on your country of origin, even if they are used solely to land in Canada and re-board a connecting flight.

Public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions and exhibitions

U.S. permanent residents/landed immigrants

(VWP) must obtain anElectronic System for Travel Authorization

as long as at least one piece also includes the

when travelling by air between Canada and the United States.

Some countries require that your passport bevalid for three or six monthsbeyond your date of return. Visit theIATA Travel CentreOpens in New WindoworTravel and Tourism CanadaOpens in New Windowto determine whether the three- or six-month rule applies to your destination(s).

The government of Russia requires airlines to supply the name, date of birth, gender and passport information of all passengers travelling on flights that fly over Russian territory.

Refuses to present the appropriate valid travel document

For identification and security purposes, your booking must provide your full name as it appears on your travel document; as well, you may have to provide your date of birth and gender when completing your booking.

travelling to the United States as non-immigrants must have a valid passport and either a valid non-immigrant visa or anElectronic System for Travel Authorization

Does not resemble the photo on the travel document

Many countries no longer issue paper visas but rather electronic visas. Applications for electronic visas must be made online prior to travel. You should print your electronic visa and carry it with you when you travel as you may need to present it to immigration authorities at destination. Travel may be denied to travellers who are not in possession of a printed copy of their electronic visa.

Citizens from countries participating in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program

No printer? No problem print it at a self-serve kiosk when you get to the airport.

Canadian permanent residents/landed immigrants

returning to Canada from abroad must carry a validpassport

holding a full term 10-year B1, B2 or B1/B2 United States visa must enroll in theElectronic Visa Update System

(EVUS) prior to travelling to the United States.

who are citizens of a country for which a visa is required to enter Canada must hold a valid visa to return to Canada from travel abroad (even if they hold a valid study or work permit). Citizens of a visa-exempt country require anElectronic Travel Authorization

a valid Permanent Resident/Resident Alien Card (form I-551).

Advance Notice and Medical Approval

Visually or Hearing Impaired Customers

Parents/legal guardians must never sign their childs Canadian passport. Signing your childs passport will make it invalid thus the signature block on page 3 must be left blank.

The OFAC requires that travellers acknowledge that they are holders of a specific travel license for Cuba, or that their travel to Cuba is related to one of the following general license categories:

must make sure they have all the necessary travel documents in hand (e.g. valid passport, visa, residence permit).

, including Canadian and U.S. citizens, must carry a valid passport to travel to a foreign country. A visa or electronic visa may also be required for some countries.

(VWP) must have a validElectronic System for Travel Authorization