Find out if you need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visitor visa
New entry requirement now in effect: visa-exempt foreign nationals are expected to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens, and travellers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents cannot apply for an eTA.
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.
Find out if you need an eTA or a visitor visa
Carry proper travel documents and identification
You must also make sure that you:
- Carry proper travel documents and identification for yourself and any children travelling with you.
- Demonstrate to an immigration officer that you satisfy all other requirements to enter Canada. If you do not meet all the requirements, you may not be allowed to enter.
To find out what else you may need to know before you come to Canada, see Arriving in Canada.
Visit your children or grandchildren
- Parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents have a new option for visiting Canada
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