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2022
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Flying to Canadian cities with lower wait times for passports

Passport Canada

At least one Canadian has flown to another province purely for the purposes of picking up their passport in a city with lower wait times.

It made me curious as to what the realistic options would be for someone in the GTA. Passport Canada recently started posting the wait times for passport offices across the country.

There would be various factors to consider such as:

- Getting a cheap or reasonably priced last minute flight is not generally easy (although sometimes possible for domestic travel these days thanks to the influx of low cost carriers). Aeroplan sometimes has decent options for last minute domestic flights.

- You might need to rent a car (not exactly easy right now in Canada). Taking a look though, there are actually some Canadian cities with airports that are quite close to their passport office. St. John's, Newfoundland's YYT Airport is within walking distance to their passport office (3.5 km).

- Timing everything (booking a passport appointment to coincide with your flight)

- Possibly/likely needing accommodation for a night.

Canadian cities with lower wait times for passports, sorted by wait time

(Wait times reported on the morning of June 21, 2022)

Thunder Bay, Ontario (YQT)

wait time: 0 minutes
earliest reasonable flight prices: July 12th ($262 CAD roundtrip, Flair)
distance from airport to passport office: 7.6 km
comments: can also fly from Billy Bishop (YTZ) with Porter

St. John's, Newfoundland (YYT)

wait time: 15 minutes
earliest reasonable flight prices: July 15th ($368 CAD roundtrip, Lynx)
distance from airport to passport office: 3.5 km

Fredericton, New Brunswick (YFC)

wait time: 30 minutes
earliest reasonable flight prices: July 12th ($280 CAD roundtrip, Flair)
distance from airport to passport office: 15 km
comments: can also fly from Billy Bishop (YTZ) with Porter

Halifax, Nova Scotia (YHZ)

wait time: 1 hr, 15 minutes
earliest reasonable flight prices: July 11th ($348 CAD roundtrip, Lynx or Swoop)
distance from airport to passport office: 32 km
comments: can also fly from Billy Bishop (YTZ) with Porter

Windsor, Ontario (YTZ-YQG)

wait time: 1 hr, 30 minutes
earliest reasonable flight prices: July 12th ($234 CAD roundtrip, Flair)
distance from airport to passport office: 11 km
comments: can also fly from Billy Bishop (YTZ)

Winnipeg, Manitoba (YWG)

wait time: 3 hours, 45 minutes
earliest reasonable flight prices: July 12th ($224 CAD roundtrip, Flair)
distance from airport to passport office: 8.4 km

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One Response to "Flying to Canadian cities with lower wait times for passports"


    Has YVR  been here?
       YVR on June 21st, 2022

    I just got back from Saskatoon to do just this. Saskatoon, thunder bay and Fredericton where the only locations I could make an appointment at a week ago and get into today. Make sure if you do this , you have everything you require and some properly paperwork wise. Passports will be shipped to my home in the greater Van area on July 6or 7. Good luck everyone.

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