Check-In and Security
We’re all about convenience at Billy Bishop Airport and we want to make sure you have a hassle-free trip. Remembering to bring everything from travel documents to well-packed luggage will make your check-in that much smoother.
When you’re getting ready for your trip remember to pack smart. The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has developed a list of allowable and prohibited items to ensure your safety in the air.
Please visit CATSA’s website for the latest information on luggage restrictions and security.
You will also want to check with your airline to find out about their baggage regulations.
All passengers flying in and out of Billy Bishop Airport are required to hold valid documents in order board their flight and/or clear security.
Travel within Canada
Before boarding, all passengers planning to travel on domestic flights within Canada are to be asked to present:
- One piece of valid government-issued identification that includes a photograph and the passenger's name, date of birth and gender;
- Two pieces of valid government-issued ID without photographs showing the passenger's name, date of birth and gender;
Passengers taking U.S.-bound flights are required to hold a valid passport to check-in, clear security and board an aircraft. You will not be permitted to board a flight to the U.S. without a passport.
Passengers may be required to hold valid immigration documents before they are granted entry to the United States. Non-Canadian citizens should consider whether they require a visa. In addition, travellers to the United States should consider whether they require a work permit, study permit or other immigration documentation in addition to the required identification documents.
As of January 12, 2009, valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval is required for all Visa Waiver Program (VWP) citizens travelling to the United States. Provided through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), ESTA is a free, automated system used to determine the eligibility of visitors under the VWP for travel to the United States. ETSA collects the same information as the paper I-94W form that VWP travellers fill out en route to the United States. ESTA applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel. An ESTA authorization is generally valid for up to two years and is valid for multiple entries into the United States. The DHS recommends that travellers submit an ESTA application as soon as they begin making travel plans. For more information please visit:
Travelling to the U.S. and have questions? Please refer to the following websites:
All passengers entering Canada from the U.S. will be required to be in possession of a valid passport.
American citizens are required to be in possession of their American passport whilst U.S. Permanent Residents require a valid Green Card and a valid passport for entry to Canada.
Citizens of all other countries require a valid passport and should find out, before travelling, whether they require a temporary resident visa. In addition, travellers to Canada should consider whether they require a work permit, study permit or other immigration documentation in addition to the required identification documents.
For information on this, please refer to the following websites:
Travellers flying between Canada and the United States have the option of speeding up the security clearance process with a NEXUS card.
NEXUS is a partnership program between the Canada Border Services Agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection that allows for faster trans-border clearance for members travelling between the two countries.
This pre-clearance program for low-risk travellers can reduce wait times at border crossings.
Travellers interested in applying to be a NEXUS member must do so through the Canada Border Services Agency. Once approved, they will be cleared for a 5-year membership card.
Note: The NEXUS program does not preclude travellers from the requirement to declare goods.
To learn more about the program and to download an application, please visit the Canada Border Services Agency website.