The Value of the Canadian Passport
Like any other country that values its citizens, Canada only allows individuals in the possession of a valid Canadian passport to enter the country without subjection to immigration screening. Any person, regardless of age (a few days or 100 years old), must have a valid Canadian passport to enter its borders.
The only exception to this requirement is visa-exempt citizens who may enter Canada provided they also present proof of citizenship from their respective countries.
Most Canadians don’t realize the value of their country’s passport until they need to come back into the country after being away for a while. To save yourself the trouble of being treated like a foreigner in your own home, here are the Canada passport requirements you should know.
Acquiring a New Canadian Passport
It goes without saying that only Canadian citizens can apply for a Canadian passport.
Moreover, only Canadians from 16 years of age and older can apply for the passport. Nonetheless, since even babies are required to have passports to enter the country, only the legal parents, custodians, or guardians of children below 16 years are allowed to apply for their passports.
Besides being a Canadian citizen, you will be required to pay some fees for your passport based on certain specifications. Persons over 16 years are required to pay a fee of $120 and $160 (Canadian dollars) for a five-year and ten-year standard Canadian passport respectively. The above fees only apply if the passport is issued within the country.
That means the fees are different if the passport is issued from outside the country, and they are $190 and $260 for five and ten years respectively. For children below 16 years, their legal guardians will pay $57 if the passport is provided locally and $100 if supplied remotely. You may be required to pay additional fees for special cases like urgent services, stolen passport, or replacement.
A particular special case is when you’ll be flying to Canada in ten days but you lack a valid Canadian passport. In such a case, you could apply for special authorization, and if deemed worthy, you’ll be allowed to enter the country with a valid non-Canadian passport.
The special authorization will last for 4 days only from the date you specify in the application form. Its requirements are:
- You already have a plane to Canada that departs within ten days
- You have never issued a valid Canadian passport when you traveled
- You are from a visa-exempt country and possess a valid passport (from that country)
- You previously held a Canadian passport
- Or formerly had a certificate of Canadian citizenship
- Or subsequent to being a permanent resident of Canada, you were granted Canadian citizenship
From the information you have so far, it’s obvious that your Canadian passport will expire and will need renewal.
The qualifications for the renewal are:
- Your current passport must not have a record of being stolen or lost
- It must be in good condition
- It must still be usable or not expired for longer than a year
- It must indicate the same gender identifier you desire for the new passport
- It has to have the exact date of birth, place of birth, and the name you prefer for the new one
- It must have been provided either with a 5-year or 10-year validity
- You must have received it when you were 16 years old or older
Canada is one of the friendliest countries in the world and its citizens rarely feel at home anywhere else. To avoid unnecessary troubles when you are homesick and all you want is to get home, let the above information guide you in making your passport arrangements in advance.