With many countries reducing or removing travel restrictions, it’s important to be up-to-date on the changes and the current guidance. On September 7, 2021, new measures for fully vaccinated international travellers coming to Canada came into effect. Canada Border Services Agency has updated its travel tool kit to ensure travellers have the information they need to enter Canada efficiently. You can also find a number of helpful, travel-related resources on the Canadian Border Services Agency website

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 31/21 issued 07 October 2021. As was the case with a previous AIC issued in January, these restrictions do not restrict the arrival at airports of 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 31/21 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.

As more borders open and more travel is allowed, these guidelines may change. Make sure you check the to ensure you are complying with the current advice. 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

2019 AirVenture TC/COPA Presentation

License Conversion

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.