The Canadian Government is revising the Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) regulation, which will require that all Canadian citizens returning to Canada from abroad, by air travel, must now hold a valid Canadian passport, or a Canadian Emergency Travel Document.
A Canadian citizenship certificate (CCC) and/or a Birth Certificate are NOT travel documents. Here are some links to Canadian Government web sites confirming that the Canadian citizenship certificate (CCC) is NOT to be used as travel document:
A Canadian passport is the only reliable and universally accepted travel and identification document available to Canadians for the purpose of international travel.
Canadian citizens returning to Canada who present other documents instead of a valid Canadian passport or a Canadian Emergency Travel Document WILL BE denied boarding.
Canadian citizens returning to Canada from the United States only can also use a Nexus Card.
Baggage rules can vary widely from one carrier to the next. If you are planning a trip that involves multiple airlines, it is important to be aware of the luggage restrictions of each one before you embark on your journey. This is especially true if your trip is not ticketed all the way through to the end, but involves separate airline tickets for different parts of your itinerary.
Finding out at the counter mid-trip, that your bag is overweight according to that airline's rules, can be VERY costly.
Click here for a handy baggage calculator that covers a number of different airlines.
The wise traveller knows his limits...this is true for baggage restrictions too. Check your airline's rules regarding baggage!
The icons below contain links to the baggage rules for these select airlines. A click will take you to the relevant site. We hope we have included yours? If not, please let us know.
American Airlines : https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/baggage/checked-baggage-policy.jsp
Air France : http://www.airfrance.us/US/en/common/resainfovol/services/achat_franchise_bagages.htm#WT.z_redir=bagage_franchise_airfrance.htm&WT.z_redir_type=lifecycle
Alitalia : https://www.alitalia.com/en_gb/fly-alitalia.html#bagaglio_da_imbarcare
Air Transat : http://www.airtransat.com/en-CA/Travel-information/Baggage
Austrian : https://www.austrian.com/Info/Flying/Baggage.aspx?sc_lang=skcc=SK
British Airways : http://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/baggage-essentials/checked-baggage-allowances
Czech Airlines : http://www.csa.cz/en/portal/info-and-services/travel-information/baggage2.htm
Delta Airlines : http://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/traveling-with-us/baggage.html
Easy Jet : http://www.easyjet.com/en/help/preparing-to-fly/baggage
Emirates : http://www.emirates.com/english/plan_book/essential_information/baggages/
KLM : http://www.klm.com/travel/ca_en/prepare_for_travel/baggage/baggage_allowance/index.htm
Lufthansa : http://www.lufthansa.com/ca/en/Baggage-overview
Porter Airlines : https://www.flyporter.com/travel-information/baggage/checked-allowance?culture=en-CA
Qantas : http://www.qantas.com/travel/airlines/checked-baggage/global/en
Ryanair : https://www.ryanair.com/gb/en/useful-info/help-centre/terms-and-conditions#article-termsandconditionsar
Sata : http://www.sata.pt/en/node/7
Turkish Airlines : http://www.turkishairlines.com/en-int/travel-information/baggage/free-baggage-allowance
United Airlines : https://www.united.com/web/en-US/content/travel/baggage/default.aspx
WestJet : https://www.westjet.com/en-ca/travel-info/baggage/checked-excess
Click here to access the Canada Direct Site for the full story.
Need to find an embassy or consulate? Click here to access the Canadian Government site with easily searchable information on all of them and plenty of other really great information for travellers.
Before you travel, especially if you are an adventure seeker, or plan to visit some exotic locals, it is a good idea to check with your doctor regarding any health considerations that your trip might entail.
Here are also some great websites that can help to answer your questions. Just click on the highlighted words below to access them.
This Government of Canada site contains excellent information on a broad range of health and safety concerns.
The Public Health Agency of Canada, has a really excellent searchable page that lets you look at the health requirements for vaccinations, food and water concerns in the country you are visiting and tells you about any infectious or potentially hazardous health conditions you may want to know about.
The Canadian Travel Health Clinics page has all kinds of great advice and will tell you where to find the nearest Travel Health Clinic to where you live in Ontario.
411 Vaccines has more information regarding vaccinations and general travel health.
Web MD gives you 25 ways to STAY HEALTHY while you are travelling.
To access these useful sites, please click on the highlighted text.
If you are thinking of bringing a pet home to Canada, click here to see what Canada Customs has to say. They cover everything from cats and dogs to spiders!
If you are taking your pet out of the country, there are also some things to know. This covers the documentation you need, and much more.
For some tips for travelling with your pet, have a look at this CTV News Article from February 2012.
Each airline has it's own set of rules regarding the transport of animals. Both Air Canadaand West Jetwill transfer many kinds of animals.
Airport security screenings are for your protection. While they have become much more stringent and onerous sine 9/11, knowing what to expect can make the experience easier.
Click here to see a video showing how to speed through Security lineups at the airport.
Wondering about how long it will take to get through Security? Click here for wait times at Canadian airports. Don't let your flight leave without you while you are stuck in an endless security line.
Long flights can pose significant problems and discomfort. For some ideas on how to survive them, click here.
No matter where in the world you plan to go, this site will keep you informed of the political situation, the history, culture, safety concerns you should bear in mind while visiting, and whether there are any recent incidents that might preclude a visit or require special precautions.
For Country Travel Advice and Advisories, click here.
Travelling with Kids? We can definitely help you with the planning phase of your trip.
First a few general rules of thumb to help maintain your sanity and have fun when travelling with kids:
In addition, below we offer some websites that we really liked. They’re packed with lots of good information on a variety of “child travel” issues. Just click on the highlighted words to view.
The first step in making travel arrangments is to, check and ensure that your passport is valid and is up-to-date. Most countries now need your passport to be valid for at least six (6) months beyond the date of your expected return to Canada.
Depending upon which citizenship you hold, and which country's passport you plan to travel on, your chosen destination may require you to purchase a visa in order to grant you entrance. Be sure to tell us about your citizenship situation so that we can advise you correctly.
If you live in Ottawa, it can be a relatively simple matter to visit the embassy of the country you plan to visit and apply there for the required visa. Sometimes this can be somewhat time-consuming or daunting prospect. If you need help with visa applications, CIBTVisas is a reliable and trustworthy source of assistance.
If you are wondering about what the electrical current is in the countries on your travel itinerary, this is a great site to check. Click here to search for your destination and find out the wattage, the type of converter you might need, where to check for the wattage and voltage information on your appliance, and all kinds of information to help you decide about whether it is good to take with you on your travels.
It can be confusing to figure out exactly what time it will be at your chosen destination. Flight itineraries and air tickets are always written in the time of the country wherever your flight is, and not from your home country.
This site allows you to find out what time it is now in most major cities on the planet. Check it out! (just click on the highlighted words above.)
Need to know about weather trends where your travel plans are taking you?
Check out this very informative site.
Just enter your destination and travel dates to gather all kinds of interesting weather data.
Whenever we travel to a foreign country, it becomes important to understand how much our money will be worth. This Bank of Canada site allows you to review currency exchange rates anywhere in the world. Further, you can even look back over a period of the last ten years to see what the rates were...just in case you missed filing that travel expense claim!