The government of Canada has resumed some passport services and Canadians can now apply for a passport by mail and can also request for in-person appointments if they have an immediate need for a passport or are travelling in less than 30 days.
The government says proof of travel is required for in-person appointments and that include:
- an airline, bus or train ticket
- a written declaration, if travelling by car
- a travel itinerary showing travel proof of payment
- proof of illness or death in the family requiring immediate travel
- declaration or letter from a third party explaining why you need the passport
The government is asking Canadians to wait before applying for a passport if they do not have travel plans. The simplified renewal process time limit is extended to two years after the expiry date rather than one, if their passport expired on or after February 1, 2019. The simplified renewal process allows Canadians to submit a shorter form without resubmitting their citizenship documents and a guarantor declaration.
Call the Service Canada Passport Call Centre directly at 1-800-567-6868.