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10 November, 2016 -

The Government of Canada has introduced a new entry requirement known as Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for visa exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa.

The form for this new admittance procedure needs to be filled out by eligible travellers at Canada.ca/eTA, prior to their trip to Canada, as it will be required to board their flight.

This authorization is mandatory as of November 10, 2016.

eTA eligible applicants must have a valid passport, email address and credit card (CA $7) to complete the online form; authorization is usually received within minutes.

It is strongly recommended that eligible travellers apply for the eTA at the time of booking and to verify the status of the application on the Government of Canada official website at the following address: Canada.ca/eTA. It is also recommended to check-in at least three hours prior to departure.

Dangerous goods - Restricted/prohibited

This is a guideline as to articles and substances that are not permitted on board Air Transat aircraft. You will also learn how to transport potentially dangerous items in a safe manner.

Dangerous goods are not permitted in checked baggage. For a complete list, please consult Canadian Air Transport Security Authority.

  • Check in 3 hours prior to departure to allow sufficient time for safe handling of your equipment.
  • For battery-powered equipment, Air Transat must also ensure it meets all federal handling requirements for dangerous goods.
  • Wheelchairs or other battery-powered mobility aids may be carried as checked baggage when:
    • Battery is disconnected
    • Terminals are protected from short circuits
    • Battery is securely attached to the wheelchair or mobility aid
  • No damaged, leaking or wet cell batteries are accepted.
  • Passengers must be equipped with the necessary tools to remove and/or secure their battery.

Lithium-ion battery powered wheelchair/mobility aids must adhere to the following conditions (where battery-powered wheelchairs or other similar mobility aids are specifically designed to allow their batteries to be removed by the user, e.g. collapsible):

  • Batteries must be removed and placed in individual protective pouches for carriage into the passenger cabin. The wheelchair/mobility aid may then be carried as checked baggage without restriction.
  • Terminals must be protected from short circuits.
  • Batteries will not be accepted as CHECKED baggage.
  • The battery must be removed from the device by following the instructions of the manufacturer or the device owner.
  • The battery must not exceed 300 Wh; a maximum of one spare battery not exceeding 300 Wh or two spares each not exceeding 160 Wh may be carried.

Air Transat will not accept any Small lithium battery-powered vehicles in either checked baggage or carry-on baggage due to safety concerns associated to the lithium batteries that power them.

  • Vehicles not accepted include hoverboards, electric skateboards, airwheels, mini-Segways, balance wheels and electric bicycles.

Flammable liquids are not permitted under any circumstances.

The following camping items are permitted providing they are brand new and have never been used;

  • Canisters
  • Fuel cylinders
  • Stoves

  • One gas-operated curling iron per passenger, in carry-on or checked baggage
  • Safety cover securely fitted over heating element
  • Separate gas refills for curling irons not permitted in carry-on or checked baggage

Alcoholic beverages of more than 24% alcohol by volume are classified as dangerous goods. Leakage of flammable liquids can result in a fire and/or explosion. Proper packaging is required; please contact our Cargo department for details.

  • Accepted as checked baggage only; maximum weight per piece of baggage is 32 kg (70 lb).
  • If equipment/single piece of baggage weighs 32 kg (70 lb), contact our Cargo department for rates and procedures.
  • Hunting equipment/firearms must be packed in a rigid, lockable case and properly identified.
  • Maximum 5 kg (11 lb) secured, boxed cartridges for sporting purposes allowed per passenger.
  • Firearms and ammunition must be packed in separate pieces of checked baggage; they cannot be packed together.
  • Should your hunting equipment/firearms exceed your free checked baggage allowance (quantity/size/weight), excess charges will apply.

The carriage of insecticides is not permitted under any circumstances in carry-on or checked baggage. However, insect repellent in cream/lotion or aerosol form is permitted in limited quantities. Consult the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority website for complete details.

  • Skydiving rigs without Automatic Activation Devices are permitted as carry-on or as checked baggage.
  • Parachute-related equipment, such as gas cylinders, is prohibited from both carry-on and checked baggage.
  • Parachutes are subject to the Air Transat size, weight and piece restrictions; excess baggage charges may apply.

Cabin baggage – List of prohibited articles

Passengers are not permitted to carry the following articles into security-restricted areas and on board the aircraft (without prejudice to applicable safety rules):

  • Guns, firearms and other devices that discharge projectiles (devices capable, or appearing capable, of being used to cause serious injury by discharging a projectile), including:
    • Firearms of all types, such as pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns, toy guns, replica and imitation firearms capable of being mistaken for real weapons, component parts of firearms excluding telescopic sights, compressed air and CO2 guns, such as pistols, pellet guns, rifles and ball bearing guns, signal flare pistols and starter pistols, bows, cross bows and arrows, harpoon guns and spear guns, slingshots and catapults;
  • Stunning devices (devices designed specifically to stun or immobilize), including:
    • Devices for shocking, such as stun guns, tasers and stun batons, animal stunners and animal killers, disabling and incapacitating chemicals, gases and sprays, such as mace, pepper sprays, capsicum sprays, tear gas, acid sprays and animal repellent sprays;
  • Objects with a sharp point or sharp edge (objects with a sharp point or sharp edge capable of being used to cause serious injury), including:
    • Items designed for chopping, such as axes, hatchets and cleavers, ice axes and ice picks, razor blades, box cutters, knives with blades exceeding 6 cm, scissors with blades exceeding 6 cm as measured from the fulcrum, martial arts equipment with a sharp point or edge, swords and sabres;
  • Workmen’s tools (tools capable of being used either to cause serious injury or threaten aircraft safety), including:
    • Crowbars, drills and drill bits, including cordless portable power drills, tools with a blade or a shaft of more than 6 cm capable of use as a weapon, such as screwdrivers and chisels, saws, including cordless portable power saws, blowtorches, bolt guns and nail guns;
  • Blunt instruments (objects capable of being used to cause serious injury when used to hit), including:
    • Baseball and softball bats, clubs and batons such as billy clubs, blackjacks and night sticks, and martial arts equipment;
  • Explosives and incendiary substances and devices (capable, or appearing capable, of being used to cause serious injury or pose a threat to aircraft safety), including:
    • Ammunition, blasting caps, detonators and fuses, replica or imitation explosive devices, mines, grenades and other explosive military stores, fireworks and other pyrotechnics, smoke-generating canisters and cartridges, dynamite, gunpowder, and plastic explosives.

Checked baggage – List of prohibited articles

Passengers are not permitted to carry the following articles in their checked bags:

  • Explosives and incendiary substances and devices (capable of being used to cause serious injury or pose a threat to aircraft safety), including:
    • Ammunition (some exceptions apply) - please see Hunting equipment/Firearms

  • 1 lighter per passenger, packed in the allowable 1 plastic bag per passenger (due to liquid content).*
  • No lighters in checked baggage
  • 1 book of matches per passenger, carried only on your person
  • Electronic cigarettes: stowed unused in carry-on baggage at all times. Carriage in checked baggage is prohibited.*
  • * Specific country restrictions may also apply.

Information is subject to change without notice. Please consult Transport Canada Will open in a separate browser window.

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