Travel documents for non-Canadian adults and children

Canada issues two types of travel documents: the refugee travel document and the certificate of identity.

They are issued to residents of Canada who are convention refugees, protected persons, and stateless persons. They are also issued to permanent residents who can’t get a national travel document for a valid reason.

Canada Post services across Canada may be affected by ongoing delays in service from continued labour negotiations.

Our processes will be unaffected though you may experience delays in:

If you’re planning on traveling to Canada or submitting an application (including for a passport or other travel document), apply early.

If you are travelling within the next six weeks, apply for a regular Canadian passport in person at a Passport Office, or send your passport or non-Canadian travel document application by courier.

Visit Canada Post for more information before sending any application by mail. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.

Services and information

Determine your eligibility

Who can apply for a travel document and who can apply on behalf of a child

Apply for a travel document

Application forms for adults and children, what documents you need to submit and where to apply

Get a photo

Photo size, what can and cannot be worn in passport photos and who can take a passport photo

Change the sex on your passport

How to apply, application forms and what supporting documents you need

Pick up your travel document

Where to collect your travel document if you do not want it mailed to you and what to do when you receive it


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