CANPASS/NEXUS: Clearing customs in the blink of an eye!

CANPASS Air and NEXUS are two self-service programs designed to facilitate and expedite airport customs formalities for frequent travellers.

NexusCANPASS Air is a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) initiative, while NEXUS is a partnership program of the CBSA and United States Customs and Border Protection (USCBP).

  • CANPASS Air simplifies your crossing of the Canadian border when you return home from a trip abroad.
  • NEXUS can be used both to facilitate your entry into the U.S. and your return to Canada (from the U.S. or any other country).

Both programs are for pre-approved, low-risk travellers. To become a NEXUS member, you must satisfy the risk-assessment, admissibility and eligibility criteria of both the CBSA and USCBP.

 CanPassWhen you are a member of either the CANPASS Air or NEXUS programs, you can avoid customs lineups by using your CANPASS Air or NEXUS card at the automated self-serve kiosks. The kiosk, equipped with iris-recognition technology, will recognize your iris’s biometric data that is stored in a secure database. You will then need to answer a few questions on a touch screen. The entire procedure takes less than a minute.

For more information about the CANPASS Air program and to enrol quickly, visit or call 1 800 959-2036.

Apply for NEXUS by visiting or calling 1 866-NEXUS-26.

The enrolment centre (by appointment only) at Montréal–Trudeau airport is located in Suite T1470 on the arrivals level.