Canada Customs Information

Requirements

All travelers on a Canadian or US registered private owned, company owned, or small charter aircraft carrying no more than 15 passengers, arriving directly from a Customs or an Immigration Officer to enter Canada must call 1-888-CANPASS (226-7277) at least 1 hour, but not more than 72 hours before flying into Canada.

Permit Holders

Contact 1-888-CANPASS at least 1 hour, but not more than 72 hours before entering Canada.

Can arrive at any approved airport of entry during airport hours of operation. Most municipally owned airports and some privately owned public use airports may qualify if located within 100 KM of Customs service.

Must inform the Customs Officer of the estimated time of arrival, airport of destination, CANPASS private aircraft permit number, full name, birth date, citizenship, and purpose and length of stay in Canada for travelers who are not returning residents.

Non-Permit Holders

Must arrive during Customs Office hours at a designated airport of entry.

Must contact 1-888-CANPASS at least 1 hour, but not more than 72 hours before entering Canada. Provide the estimated time of arrival, destination, full name, birth date, citizenship for each person on board, purpose and length of stay in Canada. If travelers are not returning residents, provide passport and VISA details.

Upon arrival at destination, must telephone 1-888-CANPASS a second time to inform a Customs Officer of time of arrival. The Customs Officer will advise if the non-permit holders are free to leave the area and enter Canada, or if they must wait for Customs and Immigration Officers for completion of documentation or a routine inspection.

Penalties

For noncompliance or misrepresentation, penalties may range from loss of approved privileges to seizure of the aircraft, and/or criminal prosecution.

More Information

For more information contact CANPASS Private Aircraft Program 1-800-461-9999.