Do I need a visa to visit Canada?
Depending on your citizenship, you may need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) as of March 15, 2016 or a visa to travel to Canada.
Transport companies, such as airlines, must ensure you have proper, valid travel documents when you enter Canada. If you do not have the proper documents, including an eTA or visitor visa, you may be delayed or denied boarding.
To find out if you need an eTA or a visa
Select your country of citizenship from this country list to quickly:
- find out what you need to come to Canada, and
- get the application forms and instructions.
Starting March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa. Read about the changes and how they may affect you.
If you travel before March 15, 2016, you do not need an eTA but you can still apply for one. For now, make sure you travel with acceptable travel documents and identification, such as a valid passport.
Please use this Web form if:
- the normal processing time for your application has passed and
- you cannot check the status of your application online or
- you wish to report important changes about your application, such as births, deaths, marriages, divorces, adoptions, changes in address, changes in job status or
- you need urgent processing or
- you would like to make a refugee claim
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