If you are a dual Canadian citizen flying soon to Canada and you do not have a valid Canadian passport, temporary passport or emergency travel document, you can apply for a special authorization that if approved will allow you to board your flight with your valid non-Canadian passport. Most applications are processed shortly after receipt. This authorization will be valid for only 4 days from the date of travel you select on the form.

This authorization is a temporary measure to help avoid travel delays for dual Canadian citizens who were unaware of the need to travel with a valid Canadian passport to help prove their Canadian citizenship.

You can use this form if you:

  • have a flight to Canada that leaves in less than 10 days,
  • have a valid passport from a visa-exempt country,

And:

  • have previously received a certificate of Canadian citizenship, or
  • held a Canadian passport in the past, or
  • you were granted Canadian citizenship after having been a permanent resident of Canada.

Your information will be verified in our electronic systems to confirm that you are a Canadian citizen.

Enter the information below exactly how it appears on the passport you are planning to travel to Canada with. Review your information carefully. Mistakes can either delay your application, or cause a refusal, meaning you won’t be able to board your flight to Canada.

You can only apply for one person at a time. For example, for a family of three, you will need to complete and submit the form three times.

 

Are you eligible for a special authorization to board your flight to Canada

You can apply for a special authorization if you:

  • have not been issued a Canadian passport that is valid on the day of your travel
  • have a flight to Canada that leaves in less than 10 days
  • have a valid passport from a visa-exempt country
  • are not a Canadian-American dual citizen

And one of the following:

  • have previously received a certificate of Canadian citizenship, or
  • held a Canadian passport in the past, or
  • were granted Canadian citizenship after having been a permanent resident of Canada.

Your information will be verified in our electronic systems to confirm that you are a Canadian citizen. This authorization will be valid for only 4 days from the date of travel you select on the form. If you don’t use it within this time, you will need to apply for a new authorization.

 

Apply for the Passport Canada Special Travel Authorization
(You will be re-directed to Passport Canada website)

 

When boarding your flight

You must present the following document when boarding:

  • a printed or electronic copy of your Special Authorization approval email
  • a proof of Canadian citizenship (including a citizenship certificate, or provincial or territorial birth certificate), if available

Without these documents, you may be denied boarding.

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