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.
- Do I need a visa to visit Canada?
- What is the difference between a single and a multiple entry visa?
- Why was I issued a single entry visa instead of a multiple entry visa?
- I have an eTA or a visa. What can I expect when I arrive in Canada?
- I am in Canada on a temporary resident visa. I plan to take a cruise. Do I need a new visa to come back to Canada?
- Do I need a visa if I am travelling through Canada without stopping or visiting?
- How do I get a transit visa?
- How do I help a family member or friend apply to visit Canada?
- How do I get help if my visa application is refused?
- Who can I hire to help me with my application for a temporary resident visa?
- If I get sick or have an accident while visiting Canada, will the Government of Canada pay for my medical treatment?
- Can I fill out one visa application for my whole family if we are travelling together?
- I have U.S. residency (Green Card). Do I need a visa or an eTA to visit Canada or can I use my Green Card?
- I am a Mexican citizen. Can my visa application be processed faster with the CAN+ program?
- Is there a different application form for CAN+?
- How do I know that my application can be processed under CAN+? What supporting documents should I submit?
See also: Leaving/Returning to Canada
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