Find out if you need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visitor visa
New entry requirement now in effect: visa-exempt foreign nationals need 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: The leniency period that allows travellers to board their flight without an eTA ends soon.
Be prepared: Apply for an eTA before you book your flight to Canada. Most applicants get approved within minutes. However, some applications can take several days to process so don’t wait until the last minute.
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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