Visas and Immigration

Important Notice: New entry requirement (Electronic Travel Authorization, eTA) now in effect

Visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada are expected to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa. 

Note: until September 29, 2016, travellers who do not have an eTA can board their flight, as long as they have appropriate travel documents, such as a valid passport. During this leniency period, border services officers can let travellers arriving without an eTA into the country, as long as they meet the other requirements to enter Canada. Find answers to your questions about the leniency period.

Note that Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents are not eligible to apply for an eTA.

Note: Travellers who apply for an eTA are advised to be cautious in all dealings with companies that claim to offer help in getting an eTA. These companies are not operating on behalf of the Government of Canada. Many have established websites that charge a fee to provide information and submit eTA applications. This Government of Canada website is the official place to apply for an eTA.

Find out how these changes may affect you. Information available in the following languages:

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