Visit on business

Visitor visa and an electronic travel authorization (eTA) for business people and how to avoid problems or delays when bringing foreign business guests to Canada.

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.

What you need to come to Canada temporarily on business

What you need to visit Canada as a business visitor and what can make you inadmissible.

Find out if you need an eTA or a visa

List of countries whose citizens need an eTA or a visa and what documents you will need to come to Canada.

Apply for an eTA or a visa to visit on business

Eligibility, how to apply, forms, fees and processing times.

Check processing times

Processing times for an eTA, visitor visas, work permits, extensions, online applications and paper applications.

Find out what to do after you apply

Travel documents, changing your address, processing your application and medical exams.

Prepare for your arrival

Documents to present to the border officer and a list of goods you can bring with you when come to Canada.

Extend your stay in Canada

Extensions, how to get an eTA or a visitor visa from within Canada, implied status and how to become a permanent resident of Canada.

Bring your foreign business guests to Canada

Entry requirements, company responsibilities, what to do if an eTA or a visa is refused and what to do if your visitor is refused entry to Canada.


Questions about visiting Canada?

Questions about visiting Canada?

Before you arrive

Find out what you can bring to Canada when you cross the border.

How-to video

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA): What you need to know

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