International Travellers

Passengers arriving at Halifax Stanfield International Airport from outside of Canada must report to Canada Border Services Agency and Citizenship and Immigration Canada for inspection.

Entry rules have changed.

Canada has an entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air. These travellers need an eTA before they can board their flight to Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa. Eligible travellers can apply online for an eTA. To find out more, visit

If you often fly to the United States from Canada, and to Canada from anywhere in the world, then NEXUS may be for you! Click here for more information on NEXUS.

If you fly to and from Canada by commercial airline regularly, you may want to consider CANPASS Air. CANPASS Air is a Canada Border Services Agency initiative. Members of the program are pre-approved to verify that they are low-risk. CANPASS Air members clear the border quickly at major Canadian airports via a self-service kiosk that uses iris recognition to verify their membership in the program.


Citizenship and Immigration Canada has on-site staff to offer help and information to passengers entering Canada. Most visitors need a valid passport, and many require a visitor’s visa.

Food Inspection

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) provides inspection services at the airport to prevent the importation of bacteria, viruses or pests that could harm Canadian agriculture, including the spread of Foot and Mouth Disease.