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Advance Passenger Information is required prior to travel to some countries for the purposes of ensuring aviation safety and security.
You must supply the following Advance Passenger information by the time you check in:
We strongly encourage you to provide all required information ahead of time using our secure online form. Click the "Instructions" tab at the top of this page to learn more about Advance Passenger Information.
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What is Advance Passenger Information System (APIS)?
Air Canada (like all other airlines) is required to adhere to the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS), which requires the collection of specific information from every passenger travelling to Canada, to/from the U.S. and other countries. This information is required for the purposes of ensuring aviation safety and security.
Once you have supplied Air Canada with the information required, we store it in our system and transmit it electronically to the appropriate government agencies.
Air Canada will not use this information for any other purpose than to provide passenger information to the government agencies concerned.
What are travellers required to do?
You must supply Advance Passenger Information no later than at time of check-in or you will be unable to travel.
Following is a list of information required:
- Full name* (last name, first name, middle name if applicable)
- Date of Birth*
- Country of residence
- Travel document type (normally passport)
- Travel document number (expiry date and country of issue for passport)
- Destination address in the U.S. (Not required for U.S. nationals, Legal Permanent Residents, or Alien Residents of the U.S. entering the U.S.)
*If you are travelling to, from or via the U.S.,information marked by an asterix must be provided at least 72 hours before travel
,as per the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA)'s Secure Flight Program
How can I provide the required information for the passengers on my booking?
- Online Form
Air Canada offers you the option of entering all the information online before you go to the airport. You will not be required to provide the passenger information again when checking in (unless some required information is missing). You can access the online form as many times as necessary to update the passenger information.
- Web Check-in or Kiosk Check-in (Airport)
You will be asked to provide any information that was not entered in the online form when checking in. Click here to learn more about Web Check-in.
If you are travelling with an infant (under age 2), please see an Air Canada airport agent to provide his/her APIS information before your flight.
What will the U.S. and Canadian authorities do with my information?
The API data is checked against the combined federal law enforcement database, known as the Interagency Border Inspection System (IBIS). Names are also checked against the FBI National Crime Information Center wanted-persons database.
The U.S. and Canadian authorities are bound by data protection and privacy laws so that the information cannot be forwarded to, or seen by, anyone who does not have appropriate security clearances. It will be used only for its stated intended purpose.
What if I don't want to provide API?
Air Canada (like all other airlines) is required by the various government agencies to collect API for all passengers prior to travel to or from these countries. Passengers who refuse to supply API will be refused entry to these countries and therefore will not be allowed to travel.
If I am travelling without a passport , can I still enter the U.S.?
All passengers including Canadian and U.S. citizens are required to present a valid passport or Nexus when travelling by air to the United States. We strongly recommend customers not holding valid passports or Nexus apply for new ones well in advance of travel plans.
Address for the first night in the United States
Do all passengers have to supply a U.S. address?
An address in the U.S. is NOT required for U.S. citizens, U.S. legal permanent residents, or passengers in transit to other countries. Please note: you are considered in transit if you are staying less than eight hours in the U.S. and have confirmed onward reservations.
What if I don't know the U.S. address?
The U.S. authorities require an address or an indication of where you are staying:
- If you are returning on the same day
Provide the address of a location where you will be spending time during your visit to the U.S. (for example, the address of where a meeting you are attending is being held).
- If your accommodation will be allocated on arrival
Please provide the name and address of your agent in the U.S.
- If you are transferring to a cruise ship
If you are transferring to a cruise ship on the day you arrive in the U.S., you need to provide the name of the cruise ship, cruise line, and your port of embarkation.
- If you are backpacking
You should provide an indication of where you will spend your first night.
- If you are renting a car and do not have an address for the first night
Provide the information on where you expect to be staying in as much detail as possible.
- If you are connecting to another flight departing the U.S.
If your onward flight leaves within 8 hours of your arrival, provide your flight number and destination.