What documents do I need to show CBSA when I go to Canada?

COVID-19 travel restrictions to Canada remain in effect. Travellers are advised to check that they meet official Philippine Government and Government of Canada requirements before making travel arrangements.


When you go to Canada for the first time, you will need to present a number of documents to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers at the airport. This guide is for Permanent Residents only.

The Canada Border Services Agency is the Government of Canada agency that is responsible for border control, immigration enforcement and customs services.

CBSA officers will speak with you at the airport upon your arrival. They will check your documents and make sure you meet all the requirements before giving you permission to enter Canada.


Effective on January 7, 2021, you will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before being allowed to board aircraft bound for Canada.

Tests must be performed using either Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) or Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) tests. Antigen tests are NOT accepted.

Proof must contain the following information:

  • your full name and date of birth (matching your travel documents)
  • name and address of medical facility which performed the COVID-19 test
  • date on which COVID-19 test was conducted
  • method of testing (PCR or LAMP)
  • test result (negative or not detected)

Tests must be taken within 72 hours of your scheduled departure for Canada. All travellers to Canada will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before being allowed to board aircraft bound for Canada.

Make sure to verify with your airline if you have any questions about your COVID-19 test results.

If you have children younger than 5 years old on the day you are leaving for Canada, they are NOT required to present a negative COVID-19 test.

Upon arrival, you will be asked to provide details of your quarantine plan using the free ArriveCAN app.

You will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Canada. Your must provide information including:

  • arrangements made for transportation from the airport to location where you will quarantine for 14 days
  • the address where you will quarantine for 14 days
  • arrangements made for groceries and supplies


CBSA has a number of free apps that will help facilitate your entry into Canada, available on Google Play and the App Store.

ArriveCAN download here.

Description: As part of Canada’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and prevent importation, all travellers are required to digitally provide contact and quarantine information upon and after entry into Canada.

Use ArriveCAN to comply with the new mandatory travel requirements.

Speed up your process at the Canadian port of entry and limit points of contact with others.

Plan ahead and learn more by visiting Canada.ca/ArriveCAN.

CanBorder – eDeclaration download here.

Description: Looking for a better border experience? Download the eDeclaration mobile app to save time upon arrive in Canada. Using eDeclaration is quick, simple and secure.

If you are arriving at one of Canada’s 10 major airports, your biometric information will be verified at a primary inspection kiosk.

CBSA officers will check your identity to make certain that you’re the same person that approved to travel to Canada.


CBSA officers will check to make sure that you are entering Canada before or on the date your Certificate of Permanent Residency (COPR) expires.

CBSA officers will ask you to present a number of documents, including:

  • your valid Philippine passport
  • a list of your belongings that you are bringing with you into Canada (indicating their value in Canadian dollars)

If you are bringing in more than CAD$10,000.00, you have to let the CBSA officer know, otherwise it may be confiscated.

CBSA officers may ask some additional questions to further verify your identity.

If CBSA officers find that you have given false or incomplete information, or that you do not meet the requirements, you will be denied entry and sent back to the Philippines on the next available flight.

When CBSA officers are satisfied that all your documents are in order, you will be allowed entry into Canada as a Permanent Resident.

Your Permanent Resident Card will be mailed to you at the address you had provided.

TIP: save digital (scanned) copies of all your documents on you mobile device, bring original and paper copies of all your documents (including your quarantine plan) on your carry on luggage.


Every journey begins with a single step. Whether you’re leaving the Philippines for the first time, or you’re a seasoned OFW, there’s always something new to learn!

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