International to Domestic Connections Process
Memorandum D2-5-13

ISSN 2369-2391

Ottawa, 9 April, 2019

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In Brief

  • This memorandum outlines the Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) requirements and procedures for Canadian Airport Authorities that operate the International to Domestic Connections Process (ITD Process). The ITD Process applies to travellers who are transiting from an international flight to a domestic flight as part of one continual voyage.


Customs Act

Guidelines and General Information

1. A Canadian Airport Authority can operate the ITD Process if it has an arrangement with the CBSA – the arrangement sets out service level, operating and resource requirements.

2. Any air carrier may offer its passengers the ITD Process at a participating airport if the air carrier provides the domestic connecting flight as a direct service or in partnership with another air carrier.

3. Travellers using the ITD Process must be travelling to another domestic location after the first point of arrival from an international point of origin on one continuous voyage and not possess a firearm or live animal (unless a service animal).

Design Requirements:

4. The CBSA may enter into an arrangement with an Airport Authority for the ITD Process if the Airport Authority:

Operational Requirements:

5. An arrangement between the CBSA and an Airport Authority must reflect the design and operational constraints of the airport.

6. The Airport Authority and any air carrier must ensure that the ITD Process is operated in accordance with the service levels set out in the arrangement between the Airport Authority and the CBSA.

Penalty Information:

7. In situations when it is established that baggage was delivered without CBSA authorization, an assessment against the carrier or airport authority may be applied.

Additional Information:

8. All inquiries concerning CBSA requirements for the operation of the ITD Process should be directed to:

Canada Border Services Agency
Program and Policy Management Division
Traveller Programs Directorate
E-mail address:

For more information, within Canada call the Border Information Service at 1-800-461-9999. From outside Canada call 204-983-3500 or 506-636-5064. Long distance charges will apply. Agents are available Monday to Friday (08:00 – 16:00 local time / except holidays). TTY is also available within Canada: 1-866-335-3237.


Issuing office
Program and Policy Management Division
Traveller Program Directorate
Headquarters file
Legislative references
Customs Act Sections 11, 12, 13, 19, 31, 99 and 107.
Other references
Superseded memorandum D
D2-5-13 dated September 20, 2018
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