My boyfriend and I are travelling to Canada on an IEC visa next month and we got caught in the rain the other day. His passport has slight water damage (it’s barely noticeable - the passport is wrinkled, but no ink dissolved, just a slight water mark going across the top of the signature page), we don’t have time for him to get a new one. How strict are Canada with that? Would He be admitted in, or is it a lost cause?

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    What is the nature of the damage? Was any ink dissolved? Is it nothing more than a bit of wrinkling? Is the interior affected or only the cover? It's impossible to say without knowing.
    – phoog
    Commented Mar 22, 2021 at 15:31
  • It got wet in the rain. The passport is wrinkled abut but no ink dissolved just a slight water mark going across the top of the signature page
    – Jordz123
    Commented Mar 22, 2021 at 16:36

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If everything on the passport is clearly readable then you will probably be OK. If any part is unreadable then you should get a new one. Most countries allow you to do a passport renewal in well under a month.

If you have time to get a new passport I would still recommend getting a new one, even if everything is readable. The likelihood is that it will be accepted. Much worse things happen to passports on long trips, and I used a water-damaged passport for several year. However the downside of getting an exceptionally strict immigration officer and being refused entry is much more serious than the cost of a new passport.

  • Everything is still readable no ink has been smudge or anything. It’s on the signature page but the other side of the sign
    – Jordz123
    Commented Mar 22, 2021 at 16:17
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    @Jordz123 We're guessing here based on your description. A picture of the passport (with personal details obscured) would be useful. Commented Mar 22, 2021 at 16:54
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    My passport has been in the rain a LOT (biking across northern Spain in April). No one has ever even mentioned the wrinkles at entry and exit controls of twenty countries.
    – WGroleau
    Commented Mar 22, 2021 at 18:11
  • Does it have any water marks ? Have you ever travel to Canada with it?
    – Jordz123
    Commented Mar 22, 2021 at 18:21
  • Long ago I was given a hard time and delayed when traveling from England to Belgium, but eventually admitted, with a clearly readable but water-damaged passport (the border control officers thought it might be a forgery). In my case there might have been some runny ink (I don't remember). Replace it if you can.
    – Ben Bolker
    Commented Apr 22, 2021 at 20:57

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