A temporary travel document is a kind of temporary passport issued by Canada. It has a white cover, with one biodata page and four visa pages. It also has the digitized photo of the passport holder along with the security features.
Issued by a Canadian mission, this eight-page passport is machine-readable and meant to be used for short-term situations only, such as urgent travel situations or for residency. These are issued upon the discretion of the passport or consular officer of the Canadian government.
Do note that this passport is temporary only and can’t be used in lieu of a special, regular, or diplomatic passport. It is issued for your travel’s length only and for a maximum of one year, without any extensions.
Whenever a temporary passport is issued, the holder has to sign a temporary passport exchange agreement which contains information on privileges, rights, and duties.
Also included are details on when it has to be exchanged for a special, regular, or diplomatic passport. This date has to be within two months of signing the agreement. You cannot change the location of the exchange for any reason.
There are several ways in which you can exchange your temporary passport.
In case you are unable to do it by yourself, you can get a third party to do so with your written permission and valid identification.
If you are traveling in the current times, here is a list of documents you will require:
You must carry valid identification and be able to confirm that you can legally enter Canada.
If you are traveling abroad, carry a valid Canadian passport. This universally accepted identification document proves you have the right to return to Canada.
In case you are a member of the NEXUS or FAST programs, remember to show your passport and proof of permanent residence if asked for by the officer upon arrival at the border.
Do arrive in the same vehicle as the minor at the border.
There are some new entry requirements now in effect. Foreign nationals that are exempted from visas require an Electronic Travel Authorization, or eTA, to transit through or fly to Canada.
These nationals include USA citizens and travelers holding valid Canadian visas. Some others are exempted too, under special circumstances.
eTA is not required by citizens of Canada, which are inclusive of dual citizens, and permanent residents of Canada.
So, don’t dawdle and apply for the eTA well in time.
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