By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: My wife and I have booked a trip outside Canada and we're not sure whether we need passports.

A: A number of readers have written me with questions regarding passport requirements and travel. Although some destinations do not require a valid passport for entry, it's always better to play safe than be sorry.

These days, I recommend that if possible all persons travel on a passport, even to destinations where we don't technically require them. The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) provides daily travel advisory reports on all countries, which are easily accessible by visiting their web site at If you're interested in knowing the ins and outs of your vacation destination, simply select that country's report online.

For more information on passport requirements, renewals, and issuing offices across Canada, visit the Passport Office's official web site at There is a handy "Frequently Asked Questions" FAQ section outlining over 50 questions relating to Canadian passports. Everything from "what's the current fee for a passport?" Answer: A 24-page adult (16 and over) passport costs $85 to "Where can I pick up passport forms?" Answer: In Canada, the forms are available at any passport office, post office or online.

For a full list of locations, check their web site. In Toronto, you can visit the passport office located downtown at 74 Victoria Street, Suite 300 Office hours: 08:00 - 16:30 or call the toll-free passport hotline at 1 800 567-6868 or dial (416) 973-3251 in Toronto.


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