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Easier transit via Canada for travel to the U.S.

This item was last updated on March 1, 2014.

February 1, 2013

Air Canada is an approved air carrier participating in the Canadian government's Transit without Visa (TWOV) program, and China Transit Program (CTP). This participation allows Air Canada's customers who are citizens of certain Asian countries and who are transiting through either Toronto Pearson International Airport (Terminal 1) or Vancouver International Airport to travel to or from the U.S. without obtaining a Canadian temporary resident visa under the conditions outlined below.

Eligible passengers

The TWOV program applies to the following passengers only:
  • Citizens from Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) and Thailand who hold:
    • A valid passport issued by an approved country (listed above), and
    • A U.S. visa that is valid upon their arrival in the U.S.
The China Transit Program applies to the following passengers only:
  • Citizens of China who:
    • Are travelling direct to Canada from one of six approved embarkation points in Asia including Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai
    • Who hold a valid Chinese passport
    • Who hold a U.S. visa that is valid upon their arrival in the U.S.

Approved airports and carriers

The TWOV program applies only to:
  • These approved airports: Toronto Pearson International Airport (Terminal 1) and Vancouver International Airport
  • Approved air carriers, including Air Canada, Air Canada rouge, and Air Canada Express (flights operated by Jazz, Sky Regional and Air Georgian)
The China Transit Program applies only to:
  • These approved airports: Toronto Pearson International Airport (Terminal 1) and Vancouver International Airport
  • Approved air carriers, including Air Canada, Air Canada rouge, and Air Canada Express (flights operated by Jazz, Sky Regional and Air Georgian).

Please visit the Canada Border Services Agency or Citizenship and Immigration Canada websites for further information on the TWOV program and/or the China Transit Program.

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