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CEPT Permits

Temporarily Operating Canadian Amateur Stations in Other Countries

Pending updates, Radio Amateurs of Canada continues, under delegated authority from Industry Canada, to issue CEPT and IARP permits to Canadian amateurs wishing to operate while traveling abroad. Please refer to Section 5 of Radio information Circular (RIC 3) for details on which permit, if any, applies or is required.

Section 5 of Radio information Circular-RIC 3

For travel to countries other than the USA and its territories and which are not signatories to either the CEPT or IARP recommendations, the Canadian Amateurs should contact the administration of the foreign country directly for authorization. Information and application can often be carried out by email or web form.

Temporarily Operating Amateur Stations in Canada

Foreign amateurs who are licensed by other administrations participating in the CEPT or IARP program must apply for the appropriate permit in accordance with the provisions stipulated by their home administration.

Special Provisions for US and Canada

By treaty between Canada and the US, visiting amateurs are not required to register or receive a permit before operating their amateur radio stations. Each amateur station shall indicate at least once during each contact with another station its geographical location as nearly as possible by city and state or city and province. The amateur station shall be operated in accordance with the laws and regulations of the country in which the station is temporarily located.

Canadian amateurs operating in the U.S. have the same privileges as they have in Canada, limited by U.S. band edges and mode restrictions in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations(CFR), Title 47, Chapter I (FCC), Part 97, Amateur Radio Service.

U.S. amateurs operating in Canada must abide by the Radiocommunication Regulations and Radiocommunication Information Circular 2, Standards for the Operation of Radio Stations in the Amateur Radio Service (RIC-2 Reclassified as RBR-4). Those who are qualified to send and receive Morse code at a speed of at least 5 w.p.m. may operate in accordance with privileges accorded to holders of the Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with Basic, Morse code and Advanced Qualifications. U.S. amateurs who are not qualified to send and receive Morse code may operate in accordance with privileges accorded to holders of the Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with Basic Qualification.