Passports & CBSA

Old Jan 23rd 2017, 9:29 am
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As a dual British & Canadian citizen

I would like to know if its possible without any restriction checking in at a Canadian airport with only my British passport flying out to the UK ?

The British passport does not have either a eTA or an esTA in it

The ticket I am using is a return leg portion of a UK-Canada-UK ticket, purchased previously in the UK.

On arrival in the UK I present my British passport, then purchase a one way ticket for my return to Canada some time later

On my return to Canada say 2 weeks after leaving Canada I present my Canadian passport.

Will the POE have any questions for me since I'm guessing CBSA have no record of me (the Canadian citizen) leaving Canada two weeks previous, or do they?

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Old Jan 23rd 2017, 10:03 am
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That's how I fly i and out to Australia. Into Canada with my CDN passport and out on my AUS passport. Canada (as far as I know) does not have exit controls at the airport so they don't know when you leave.
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Any problems flying to the UK at the airport would be between you and the airline though what you are describing and having 2 passports should not pose any problems. On arrival in the UK simply show your UK passport.

When returning then book any ticket by using your Canadian passport details. at check in simply show ticket and Canadian passport. On arrival in Canada simply show Canadian passport.
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Any problems flying to the UK at the airport would be between you and the airline though what you are describing and having 2 passports should not pose any problems. On arrival in the UK simply show your UK passport.

When returning then book any ticket by using your Canadian passport details. at check in simply show ticket and Canadian passport. On arrival in Canada simply show Canadian passport.
does the CBSA know that I as a Canadian citizen ever left Canada using only my British passport on that return leg ticket purchased previously in the UK?

While in the UK, for my return back to Canada I purchase another two way ticket using my British passport details & using a UK address

At a UK airport I check in using my Canadian passport. On arrival in Canada I present my Canadian passport

Does the CBSA or any Canadian government department have any record of me (the Canadian citizen) leaving Canada on that outbound flight on a return leg of a UK-Canada-UK ticket two weeks prior?
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does the CBSA know that I as a Canadian citizen ever left Canada using only my British passport on that return leg ticket purchased previously in the UK?

While in the UK, for my return back to Canada I purchase another two way ticket using my British passport details & using a UK address

At a UK airport I check in using my Canadian passport. On arrival in Canada I present my Canadian passport

Does the CBSA or any Canadian government department have any record of me (the Canadian citizen) leaving Canada on that outbound flight on a return leg of a UK-Canada-UK ticket two weeks prior?
All passengers are manifested on any flight. As a Canadian citizen it wouldn't matter how and when you left the country on any passport. As a Canadian Citizen and presenting a Canadian passport or other proof of Canadian citizenship on entering Canada then you have a right of entry.
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Originally Posted by Former Lancastrian
All passengers are manifested on any flight.

As a Canadian citizen it wouldn't matter how and when you left the country on any passport.

As a Canadian Citizen and presenting a Canadian passport or other proof of Canadian citizenship on entering Canada then you have a right of entry.
the system is broken, it still has loopholes in it
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How do you see 'loopholes'? It's legal requirement in some cases. American citizens entering the USA are required to use an American passport. Since Canadian citizens can't get eTAs on their other-passport, citizens of Canada and non-US countries are functionally required to fly in on their Canadian passport. Using one for each direction isn't a loophole, it's... often a demand.
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AFAIK, the only Canadian citizens who are not required to use their Canadian passports are dual US/Canadian Citizens who have a US passport.

I am a Canadian citizen and a citizen of another country. Can I still fly to Canada with my non-Canadian passport?

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Originally Posted by not2old
Does the CBSA or any Canadian government department have any record of me (the Canadian citizen) leaving Canada on that outbound flight on a return leg of a UK-Canada-UK ticket two weeks prior?
Not at the moment but a future goal is to start keeping exit records when people leave by air.

Entry/Exit Initiative: Enhancing border security and the integrity of immigration programs

However, as a UK Citizen you can get your entry/exit records if you make a subject access report. I've done one of these and the info you get is very detailed with the flights you took, the airports you left/arrived in as well in both directions (inbound and outbound).

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