VISITORS – WELCOME TO
When you enter Canada, an officer from the Canada Border Services Agency may ask to see your passport and a valid visa, if one is necessary. If you’re a citizen of the United States, you don’t need a passport to enter Canada. However, you should carry proof of your citizenship, such as a birth certificate, certificate of citizenship or naturalization, as well as photo identification.
If you’re a permanent resident of Canada or the US, you should bring your Permanent Resident Card with you. However, it is still recommended that you bring your passport if you have one.
Travelling with Children
Parents who share custody of their children should carry copies of the legal custody documents. It is also recommended that they have a consent letter from the other custodial parent to take the child on a trip out of their country. The other parent’s full name, address and telephone number should be included in the consent letter.
When travelling with a group of vehicles, parents or guardians should arrive at the border in the same vehicle as the children.
Adults who are not the parents or guardians should have written permission from the parents or guardians to supervise the children. The consent letter should include addresses and telephone numbers where the parents or guardians can be reached.
A sample consent letter is available in the following formats:
Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)
Microsoft Word (.doc)
Officers representing the Canada Border Services Agency watch for missing children, and may ask detailed questions about the children who are travelling with you.
Refusal or denied to enter Canada
Your visa or passport can be denied or you can be refused admission to Canada for a number of reasons, including the following.
You have been engaged in, or there are reasonable grounds to believe you are engaged in, spying, subversion or terrorism, or belong to organizations that have engaged in, or are engaged in, these activities.
Human or International Rights Violations
You have committed war crimes or crimes against humanity. You are or were a senior member or official of a government that has committed acts of terrorism, major human rights violations, genocide, war crimes or crimes against humanity.
You have, or there are reasonable grounds to believe you have, committed a crime punishable by a maximum of 10 years of incarceration.
You have, or there are reasonable grounds to believe you have, committed an indictable offense, such as possessing or importing narcotics, while seeking entry to Canada.
You belong to an organization that is believed to take part in organized criminal activity or to engage in transnational crimes such as people smuggling, trafficking in people or money laundering.
You may be a danger to public health or cause excessive demands on Canada’s health or social services.
You are unable or unwilling to support yourself and your dependents.
You provide the Canada Border Services Agency officer with false information or withhold information that is directly relevant to a decision under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA).
You contravene the requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Some examples include the following:
Your visa or passport can be denied or you can get a refusal admission to Canada for a number of reasons.
Some examples include the following:
- not having a valid passport or visa;
- entering as visitors and remaining longer than authorized;
- trying to re-enter without the written permission of the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, after being deported;
- working or attending school without the appropriate permit; and
- breaching conditions imposed when they were first admitted to Canada.
Inadmissible family members
You are a family members of someone who is inadmissible.