Hands down, a passport is the ideal identification for anybody entering Canada.
Americans returning home via air, land or sea from any foreign destination need to show a passport or other appropriate secure document like a NEXUS card.
Travellers from other Countries
International visitors to Canada (not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents) must carry a valid passport and, if required, a visa. Citizens from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Mexico, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia and others do not require a visa to enter Canada. Visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website for a complete listing of countries whose citizens require visas to enter Canada.
All other visitors should contact their Canadian consulate or embassy to learn what documents are required. Contact information for Canadian embassies around the world can be found at the Foreign Affairs Canada website.
To learn more about Canadian customs regulations, visit the Canada Border Services Agency website.
Travellers visiting Canada with children should carry the following:
- identification for each child similar to those described for adults
- a letter of permission from the parents of any children accompanying them for whom they do not have legal custody.
If you have questions about your admissibility to enter Canada, travel requirements, or any concerns you may have about travelling to Canada, contact your nearest Canadian Embassy or Consulate. You can find a list of Canadian Embassies and Consulates at the Foreign Affairs Canada website.
Travellers who wish to find out about Canadian customs regulations should visit the Canada Border Services Agency.