Aircraft registered in an ICAO member state

These rules apply if you are a foreign air operator registered in a state (country) that is a member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

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Operators with Canadian Foreign Air Operator Certificates

If you hold a Canadian Foreign Air Operator Certificate, you may fly through Canadian airspace and make technical stops at Canadian airports without asking permission from Transport Canada.

Operators without Canadian Foreign Air Operator Certificates

If you do not hold a Canadian Foreign Air Operator Certificate and are operating using a standard Certificate of Airworthiness, you must request an overflight authorization 1 to 5 working days before the flight. You must send a request that includes:

  • name of operator
  • call sign of the flight
  • type of aircraft
  • aircraft registration
  • seating capacity
  • list of the dangerous goods being carried or the written statement: No dangerous goods are being carried
  • a proposed flight routing which includes:
    • last point of departure outside Canada
    • first point of entry into Canada
    • the date and time of arrival at any Canadian airport(s)
    • departure from any Canadian airport(s)
    • place(s) of embarkation and disembarkation abroad of passengers and freight

The request must also have your written statement that:
The aircraft is airworthy and is being operated under the authority of a normal Certificate of Airworthiness that has been issued pursuant to Article 31 of the Convention to ICAO

Learn about additional procedures on offloading traffic at Canadian airports when you make a technical landing for emergency or abnormal circumstances.

Operators with non-standard certificates of airworthiness

If you do not hold a Canadian Foreign Air Operator Certificate and are using a non-standard Certificate of Airworthiness, you must request a flight authorization 5 to 10 working days ahead of the flight. You must send a request that includes:

  • a copy of the foreign flight authority
  • a copy of any operating conditions / limitations
  • a copy of the certificate of registration
  • proof of insurance
  • an itinerary including complete details of the purpose of the flight

There is a fee of $100.

Contact us for requests

Send your request for a flight authorization to the:

Foreign Operations Division Overflight Desk
Email: overflights@tc.gc.ca
Telephone: 613-990-1100
Facsimile: 613-949-4227