Passport Validity Your passport, regardless of country of origin, should be valid for a minimum period of six months after your arrival date to avoid any potential problems at the port of entry. Anyone can be refused entry at any time, for any reason, with or without a criminal record. If you have a record and depending on the record, you may want to do a little research on the customs regulations with the country you would like to visit and decide whether or not it is a risk you are willing to take.
Damaged passports You should apply for a new passport if your current passport is damaged. If you travel with a damaged passport, you could face delays or be denied entry at border crossings, or on flights. A passport is considered damaged if it:
impedes the identification of the holder;
appears to have been altered or falsified; or
could potentially cause problems or has been denied by an airline or at a point of entry due to perceived damage.
Examples of damage to a passport:
has been exposed to water or humidity
has a tear in one or more pages
contains unauthorized markings
the information and/or photo have been altered or made less identifiable
pages have been removed or torn out
the cover and inside pages have come apart
has been chewed by a child or pet
other forms of damage that are not listed here
Ultimately, border authorities may allow or refuse entry or exit for any reason, including the condition of a passport. An airline may also prevent a passenger from boarding a plane based on the condition of a passport (airline officials have knowledge of the entry requirements of international destinations). If you are concerned about the condition of your passport, you should contact the airline prior to departure or you may visit a passport office to have it examined. When replacing a damaged passport, a general application must be used. Renewals are not accepted.
For more important passport information from the Canadian Government, click here.