NEXUS. If you travel between Canada and the United

States often, a NEXUS card will save you time at the bor- der. CANPASS Air. Te CANPASS Air program helps com-

mercial airline passengers to clear customs and immigration quickly, securely and conveniently. CANPASS - Private aircraft. Te CANPASS Private

Aircraft program allows card holders on private aircraft to clear customs and immigration quickly and securely. Pre-boarding identification requirements. Make sure

you have all the necessary identification with you to help your airline identify individuals who may pose a security threat. Travelling with a permanent resident card. All perma- nent residents of Canada require this proof of their status to re-enter Canada. Certificate of Canadian citizenship. Canadian Citizen- ship Certificate is not a travel document. Travelling as a dual citizen. Dual citizenship can be

complicated and cause problems when you travel. International Driving Permit. Your Canadian driver's li-

cence is not valid everywhere. You may need an internation- al driving permit if you're planning to drive while abroad. International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis.

Certain countries require incoming travellers to show proof of vaccination against yellow fever. Travel documents for your pets. Information on the documents required to ensure that your pet can enter your destination country. Marriage overseas. Information on the legal issues in-

volved in getting married overseas. Notarial services. List of notarial services offered by Ca-

nadian government offices abroad. CITES permits. You need permits to transport, import or export a listed wildlife species or an item containing a derivative of a listed wildlife species. For more information on travel documents visit travelling/documents.

What’s a visa and when do I need one?

A visa is an official document, usually stamped or glued inside a passport, giving permission from a foreign authority for you to enter a country.

Visas are issued by foreign government offices in Canada. Requirements, fees and processing times vary, depend- ing on the country and type of visa you need. The most common categories are business, work, student and tour- ist visas.

Remember that representatives from the country to which you are travelling need to see your passport before issuing a visa. If you cannot visit the foreign government office in person and must mail your passport, use secure mail services and enclose a stamped, self-addressed return envelope.

Visa requirements

Before your departure, consult the Travel Advice and Advisories for destination-specific visa information. You will almost certainly need a visa if you plan to remain in a foreign country for a longer period (usually more than 90 days).

Special and diplomatic passport holders should verify all visa requirements for each of their destinations, as they

may differ from those that apply to regular passport hold- ers.

Some countries will issue a visa upon your arrival, but it is not a common procedure. Visas must be obtained before leaving Canada. You may be denied entry if you do not have a visa when you arrive in a country that requires one.

You are responsible for ensuring that your passport contains empty visa pages. If the pages of your passport have become filled with visas or entry and exit stamps, apply for a new passport.

Visa renewals or change of status

To extend your stay in a country beyond the period permitted by the visa you currently hold, or to change the status of your visa (for example, from a tourist visa to a work visa), contact the nearest Canadian government office abroad and consular officials will refer you to the proper authorities in that country.

For more information on visas and where to find foreign offices in Canada visit visas.

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