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The Verified Traveller program launches at YEG on June 20, 2023 and replaces the existing Trusted Traveller program, with additional enhancements.

animated people stanind in line. Logo of Verified Traveller program.

What is Verified Traveller?

The Verified Traveller Program is intended to expedite pre-approved travellers through security lines at Canadian airports. Verified travellers are passengers who have undergone extensive background checks and carry special photo identification cards, through programs like NEXUS and Global Entry, or for those in professions like the Military, RCMP/Police, Airline Crew and Airport Workers.

The Verified Traveller program aims to improve the security screening experience for verified travellers. General wait times vary for a variety of reasons and can fluctuate throughout the day based on passenger volume and number of flights.

YEG recommends that travellers arrive two hours in advance for domestic flights and three hours in advance for US and international flights.

Verified Travellers or those interested the program can learn more at https://www.catsa-acsta.gc.ca/en/verified-travellers.

NEXUS

NEXUS members are pre-cleared as verified travellers and save time using automated self-service kiosks at YEG and other airports and border crossings.

The best part? It only costs $50 to apply for a five-year membership.

Visit the NEXUS website to learn more and apply.

Frequently asked questions

Verified Travellers are identified as travellers who have undergone extensive background checks and carry special photo identification cards. If you are a member of one of the following groups, you can use the Verified Traveller lane.

NEXUS

NEXUS is a Canada Border Services Agency program to provide eligible travellers with faster customs and immigration processing when crossing the border between Canada and the U.S. You can apply for a NEXUS card online at www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca.

Global Entry

Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, lower-risk travellers upon arrival in the United States.

Military

Serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces and US military, including reservists, all with valid ID (no uniform required)

Air Crew / RAIC

Canadian aircrew (in uniform) and airport workers with Restricted Area Identification Cards and International aircrew (in uniform) with valid airline ID

RCMP/Police

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers, Canadian police officers and constables with a badge and proper photo identification issued by their respective organizations.

You can take advantage of YEG EXPRESS to expedite your place in the line to the front of the queue. You simply schedule your appointment for screening in advance from home or when you get to the airport. It is free for all passengers to use. Learn more at flyeia.com/services/yeg-express.

For more information, visit CATSA’s Verified Traveller webpage.