As of July 31, Canadians can apply for a passport by mail. Additionally, those who are in immediate need of a passport or travelling in less than 30 days with proof of travel can request an in-person appointment.
However, those who currently don’t have travel plans are encouraged to wait before applying for a passport.
Further, processing times are expected to be longer due to high demand, coupled with additional measures implemented to safeguard the health of both staff and citizens.
Moreover, the simplified renewal process—allows Canadians to submit a shorter form without resubmitting their citizenship documents and a guarantor declaration—has been extended for passports that have expired within two years, rather than one.
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“Resuming Canadian passport services by mail and expanding in-person appointments for those who need a passport in less than 30 days is a significant first step toward resuming regular passport services in Canada, while prioritizing the health and safety of Canadians and our employees,” Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, said in a news release.
“Travel advisories and restrictions remain in effect around the world, but we recognize that many Canadians need a passport for essential travel or to plan for the future and we are making every effort to help them access these services,” he continued.