Border Services


You must carry proper identification for yourself and any children travelling with you to help confirm your legal right or authorization to enter Canada when you arrive.

All visitors arriving from or transiting through the United States should visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website for information concerning the requirements to enter, transit through, or return to the United States.

Identification requirements for U. S. citizens and permanent residents

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you must carry proof of citizenship such as a passport, birth certificate, a certificate of citizenship or naturalization, a U.S. Permanent Resident Card, or a Certificate of Indian Status along with photo identification. If you are a U.S. permanent resident, ensure you carry proof of your status such as a U.S. Permanent Resident Card. 


There are a number of reasons you can be found inadmissible, denied a visa or refused entry to Canada such as:

  • security,

  • human or international rights violations,

  • criminality,

  • organized criminality,

  • health grounds,

  • financial reasons,

  • misrepresentation,

  • non-compliance with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA),

  • having an inadmissible family member.

Visit the Determine your eligibility page for more information.

Overcome criminal convictions

Depending on the crime, how long ago it was committed, and how you have behaved since the conviction, you may still be allowed to come to Canada if you:

Visit the Overcome criminal convictions page for more information.

If you suspect you may encounter difficulties crossing the border, please contact the Tribal Journeys 2021 Office. As the Host Nation, we will be able to provide some support as you work through the Rehabilitation Program Application, as well as provide you with a letter to accompany your paperwork.  For more information on admissibility, please visit Canadian Border Services Agency.