Travel requirements and regulations

Travel documents

Please view valuable travel document information as it applies to specific itineraries, as well as important details on passports, visas, travel documents for children and more.

Advance Passenger Information

The Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) requires that all airlines, including Air Canada, collect specific information from every passenger travelling to/from Canada, as well as to/from the U.S. and certain other countries.

U.S. Secure Flight Program

The U.S. Secure Flight Program requires that airlines collect specific information and transmit it to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) 72 hours prior to travel, or at time of booking for bookings made within 72 hours of departure for all passengers travelling:

  • to, from or via the U.S.
  • on a flight that is flying over the continental United States (excluding flights between two points in Canada).

Learn more about the U.S. Secure Flight Program.

TSA Pre✓™

TSA Pre✓™ is a U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) initiative which allows pre-screened trusted travellers to enjoy expedited security screening benefits and access dedicated TSA Pre✓™ lanes at certain airports when travelling on specific itineraries.

Learn more about the TSA Pre✓initiative.

EU - Emergency contact information

Air Canada gives customers travelling on flights departing from a European Union country the opportunity to provide a confidential contact name and telephone number to be used in the event of an accident.

If you would like to provide such information, you may:

  • print and complete the online Information Card in advance and bring it with you to the airport, or
  • ask for an Information Card at the airport at time of check-in.

The card will be collected at boarding time.  Information is kept on file for 24 hours and will not be used for any connecting or return flights.