Are you travelling soon and can’t find your passport? Are you looking to apply for an Emergency Passport? I’ve got you covered.
How To Apply For an Emergency Canadian Passport
Applying for and getting an emergency passport can be a stressful process but depending on your location and circumstances you are in, it can be pretty easy.
With that said, regardless of your situation, there are currently two passport options available to Canadians. First, is the 5 year passport which will cost you $120 while the other option is a 10 year passport which is $160.
Obviously getting a 10 year passport makes sense here since the additional cost involved is $40 and covers 5 more years.
If you’re still in Canada and looking to apply for the emergency passport, it’s a relatively easy and a straight-forward process.
For those of you reading this, who have their passports lost or stolen overseas can be a pretty frightening situation, but don’t worry, like I said before I have all the details for you here.
What Are Urgent and Express Services?
If you require passport very urgently, like your travelling in a day or two or stuck abroad – you have two options available with an additional fee charged on top of the regular cost of your passport.
Urgent pick up (end of the next business day): CAN$110
Express pick-up within 2-9 business days: CAN$50
Urgent pick-up and Express pick-up services are only available in certain locations across Canada. You can see the location list by clicking here.
You must provide proof of travel for urgent service.
You may also need to provide it for express service.
Proof of travel can be:
an airline, bus or train ticket
a written declaration, if travelling by car
a travel itinerary showing travel proof of payment
proof of illness or death in the family requiring immediate travel
Also, you must show up in person when applying for urgent services.
Don’t even think about sending someone as your replacement, as it won’t work in getting you an emergency passport.
Depending on the reason for your travel, you may need to show further proof that your situation is urgent.
Of course, you’ll also need to bring a completed application, proof of citizenship or immigration status, 2 references, and 2 passport photos signed by your guarantor.
Even if your flight is in three days away, you might still be able to get an emergency Canadian passport in 24 hours or less.
Assuming you show up at the passport office as soon as it opens with your documents in hand, there’s a good chance you could get your passport by the end of the day.
Apply for an Emergency Canadian Passport – Complete List
Keep your police report handy, locate and head to the nearest Canadian Embassy or consulate.
You’ll also need your references, passport photos and contact information ready.
You can speed up the processing time if you have a scanned copy of your passport and your travel itinerary handy, but generally speaking, you’re still looking at 2-4 days.
Often when applying for a temporary Canadian passport (white) you’ll be required to apply for your regular passport at the same time. You’ll also have to pay an exchange fee since that temporary Canadian passport must be returned in person or by traceable mail.
If someone back home has access to your birth certificate and photo ID, you can ask them to bring it to the local passport office so your new passport will be valid for 5 years; otherwise, it may be valid for just 2 years.
If you’ve lost all your ID, now would be a good time to request a letter stating your identification and that you’re in the process of getting a new passport. This will help you for ID purposes if you’re getting a money transfer from someone.
How do you get an emergency passport on a weekend or statutory holidays in Canada ?
Now, this seems to be getting a little tricky in the first place. What if you are stuck somewhere abroad and you’re flights tomorrow or may be you are in Canada and need to travel first thing in the morning and today’s a weekend? What do you do in these situations? Let’s look into the details below.
Getting an emergency passport on a weekend or holiday is still manageable. Thanks to the Government of Canada, they have pretty much covered this scenario for you as well.
If you need your emergency passport over the weekend or on a statutory holiday, call 1-800-567-6868.
This service is only for emergencies and only if you have to travel over that weekend or statutory holiday.
If you meet the requirements, you must make sure all of your required documents are ready, including your:
completed application form
valid proof of travel showing you’re travelling before the end of the next business day
With that said, make sure you collect all the documents listed in the link above and keep it handy just in case. Please don’t panic, it’s going to be ok in the next couple of hours. Just do things right and be quick in applying immediately for an emergency passport.
If you do find an office with weekend service, make sure you have everything ready to go.
What are the Fees to get an Emergency Passport on Weekends and Holidays?
An emergency passport issued over the weekend or on statutory holidays will cost $335 in addition to the regular passport service fee.
For example, if you’re asking for a 10-year passport, the fee will be $160 plus $335, totalling $495. We will add any other service fees, such as the service fee for replacing a lost or stolen passport, to this total.
If you submit additional applications for members of your family you will have to pay :
service fee for urgent service
Again, these are service feed only. They don’t guarantee that you will get a passport until the backend processing is done.
With all fairness, it’s a passport you’re applying for; so you got to give them some time just to make sure everything’s verified and you are good to go!
However, there are a few positives about getting an emergency passport on a weekend or holiday. Now what is that ?
Since it’s a weekend or a holiday – The passport officials will be opening the office just for you. As a result, you may get your passport in a few hours. Hurray!
If by chance your whole family requires emergency weekend service; you’ll only be charged the $335 once.
Any additional applications submitted by members of the same family at the same time will only be charged the urgent pick-up fee of $110 each.
Emergency Passport Assistance and Contact Details
From outside Canada
Call the nearest embassy or consulate.
+1 613 996 8885 (call collect where available)
From Inside Canada (non-passport-related)
1-800-387-3124 (toll-free from the U.S. and Canada only)
Emergency passport services within Canada (weekends and statutory holidays)
- 1-800-567-6868 (toll-free from Canada only)
- 613-209-1233 (carrier charges may apply)
1-800-394-3472 (toll-free from the U.S. and Canada only)
Outside Of Canada and Applying for an Emergency Passport
If you’re currently stuck in a country outside of Canada and need your passport urgently to travel back, you’ll need to immediately report it to the police or tourist police nearby.
If you need any help or immediate assistance, don’t forget to call some friends back home to assist you with the procedures as-well.
You’ll mainly need friends to be a reference point.
Which is very similar to the urgent services we talked before, they’ll need to be available when contacted by the passport officials before you actually get the emergency passport in hand.
Please note that family members are not permitted as references for issuing an emergency passport.
Losing a passport whether in Canada or outside can be a real pain as panic sets in.
I hope that I have given you some valuable information in this article to help resolve your passport issues hopefully soon.
We all must really thank the Canadian Government for the detailed information and the services they offer in issuing a new passport as soon possible – I mean the processing times (within 24 hours is great)
When travelling abroad or anywhere is general always be sure to store digital versions of your travel documents in your mail so you can access it any time if required.
Also, don’t forget to include emergency contacts of your credit and debit cards while storing the information.
You might also want to look at options of rescheduling your flights, extending hotel stays while you apply for and get the emergency passport in hand.
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Hey, I’m Sagar from Toronto, Canada.
I am a self-taught, motivated Canadian Personal Finance Blogger who loves writing articles about Savings, Investing, Stocks & ETF reviews, Side Hustles, Frugal Living, Credit Cards and Retirement Planning. Husband. Father. Software Developer. Web Designer. Hiking Enthusiast.