Please read the list of expanded restrictions that have been adopted under the authority of Section 5.1 of the Aeronautics Act, directing where certain aircraft must land when they are transporting passengers to Canada. The details are found in AIC 27/21 issued 09 August 2021. As was the case with the previous AIC issued in January, these restrictions do not restrict the arrival airports for private pilots who are flying for recreational purposes. Please note that recreational pilots do not qualify as “crew members” and must therefore provide proof of vaccination and a PCR test showing a NEGATIVE result within 72 hours prior to arriving in Canada. 

COPA recommends that members who are travelling out of Canada or returning to Canada print a copy of AIC 27/21 and be familiar with all of the other travel restrictions issued by Public Health Canada (PHC). We also recommend that our members use the ARRIVECAN app to inform both CBSA and PHC regarding these details for all of these trips. As the list of open Airports of Entry (AOE) is in flux we urge all readers to visit the CBSA website and call the Telephone Reporting Centre (TRC) to get the most up-to-date information. 

Please note that for Canadians travelling to the USA the border between our two countries is still closed for non-essential travel. The commercial air travel “loophole” created by the Trump administration may not be applied to recreational air travel. Check with the specific USA Customs Border Protection (CBP) staff at your intended US AOE to confirm that they will accept your entry into the USA.

Flying Cross-Border - Please note that the information below has not been updated since COVID-19 and may not be accurate

License Conversions

2019 AirVenture TC/COPA Presentation

As a contracting member state of ICAO, the International Civil Aviation Organization, Canadian pilot licenses are recognized around the world.

Some important things to consider when planning your next international adventure:

  • ICAO standards only address pilot qualifications for Glider, Private, Commercial, Airline Transport Pilot, and the Multi-Crew Pilot Licence.
  • Canadian Pilot Permits are not generally accepted outside of Canada unless a bilateral agreement of acceptance is in place with that country, even if both countries are ICAO members.

Cross-Border Surveys

Cross Border Survey Results

While searching for cross border statistics to provide to the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) regarding crossing the border in a Personal Aircraft, COPA could not find any recent data and decided to conduct a survey that would ask pilots’ trends.

COPA highlighted that the fundamental issue of CBSA IAPI, is the elimination of duplication. Since all pilots must complete the US eAPIS reports for entering and exiting the US, it would be a relatively simple extension for the US to send information to Canada for their security purposes. To provide data to CBSA, COPA conducted a survey in collaboration with AOPA and supported by APBQ, EAA US and EAA Canada.

Click here to view the survey results.