ID requirements


Remember your ID and travel documents.

You've planned and paid for your trip and you're ready to go — don't let missing travel documents stop your plans short. Each country on your itinerary may have different entrance and exit requirements. Before leaving, make sure the documents you use to leave are sufficient to get you back home.

Regardless of age, all guests require identification. You are responsible for making sure that you have the proper identification and travel documentation for you and your children as required by the country of your final destination. Consult with the nearest embassy or consulate of each country you are planning to visit. If you do not have documentation which will allow entry for you or your children to all countries on your reservation, you will not be allowed to board your flight.

WestJet is not a member of the Canadian Transit without Visa Program. When travelling with WestJet to Canada, Chinese, Indonesian, Thai and Filipino nationals must have a Temporary Resident Visa to enter Canada and connect to another flight departing Canada. Please view the Government of Canada website for more information.

Be aware that entrance requirements are strictly enforced, and we'd hate it if you were unable to board your flight.

Using your passport for identification?

Passport Canada recommends that you apply for a new passport if your current passport is damaged or inaccessible. Guests travelling with a passport that is damaged in any way could face significant delays, be denied entry at border crossings or be denied boarding on flights altogether.

Lost passports

If you lose your passport, contact the consulate/embassy of your issuing country without delay to report this loss. Canadians can report a lost or stolen passport to the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate. Passports located or turned in to a WestJet representative will be returned to the originating country.



Travel within Canada

For identification requirements directly from the Government of Canada
please visit identification requirements.
Guest type Identification required*
*must be presented during boarding at the gate and the name on the ID must match the name on the boarding pass
Adults 18 years of age or older One piece of government-issued photo ID

OR

Two pieces of government-issued non-photo ID (one of which must show name, date of birth and gender).
Infants (under two years of age) Proof of age required* (a photocopy is acceptable)
*If you do not have proof of age, you will be required to purchase a seat for your child. The purchase price for the seat will be fully refunded if proof of age is provided to WestJet within 7 days.
Children All children between two and 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult unless travelling as an unaccompanied minor. We strongly recommend that all children travel with one piece of government-issued identification.
Children travelling with one parent Consult Travel.gc.ca for information on child custody, consent letters and other documentation as additional information may be required if you are planning onward travel to the United States or another country.
Children travelling alone (12 to 17 years of age) Your child may be denied boarding if they appear to be under 12 years of age and are not able to present proof of age.
Children travelling as an unaccompanied minor
(see age restrictions)
A photocopy (not the original) of your child's government-issued identification showing their name, gender and date of birth must be presented and sent with your child.

Each parent/guardian that is picking up or dropping off a child must also have government-issued identification.



Travel to, from or through the United States

Secure Flight Program

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires the following Secure Flight Passenger Data for each guest on a booking:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection requires the following destination information at check-in:

Guest type Identification required*
*must be presented during boarding at the gate and the name on the ID must match the name on the boarding pass
Adults, children and infants WestJet requires a valid passport

*If you are a citizen of a country other than Canada or the United States, please contact your consulate or embassy for entry requirements, or contact us at 1-800-581-9499.

ESTA – Non Canadian visitors from Visa Waiver countries. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires an online application be completed for travel authorization prior to travel to the U.S.
Children travelling with one parent Consult Travel.gc.ca for information on child custody, consent letters and other documentation.
Children travelling as an unaccompanied minor WestJet does not offer unaccompanied minor service for flights to, through or from the U.S.



International travel

Guest type Identification required*
*must be presented during boarding at the gate and the name on the ID must match the name on the boarding pass
Adults, children and infants A valid passport is required.

For country-specific information and other important travel issues, contact the nearest embassy, consulate or Travel.gc.ca.
Children travelling with one parent Consult Travel.gc.ca for information on child custody, consent letters and other documents, as well as the nearest embassy or consulate for the destination you are travelling to as there may be additional documentation required.
Children travelling as an unaccompanied minor WestJet does not offer unaccompanied minor service for international travel.


Vacation  WestJet Vacations package bookings

All identification information outlined above applies to your travel. You should also be aware that some hotel and activity suppliers may require ID for redemption of services.