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Many Brazilian citizens could be eligible to fly to Canada visa-free as of May 1, 2017

October 31, 2016 Brasilia The Government of Canada announced its intention today to allow many Brazilians to travel to Canada without a visa as of May 1, 2017.

This means that citizens of Brazil who have held a Canadian temporary resident visa in the last 10 years or who hold a valid United States nonimmigrant visa would no longer need a visa when travelling to or transiting through Canada by air. Instead, they would have the option of applying for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Those who do not meet these criteria would still need a visitor visa to travel to Canada.

“Canada is a popular destination for Brazilian visitors and businesspeople, and expanding eTA eligibility would make it easier and faster for many Brazilians to come to Canada,” said Rick Savone, Canada’s Ambassador to Brazil. “Easier travel between our two countries will lead to more opportunities to strengthen our vital people-to-people, tourism and business ties.”

Quick facts

  • Applying for an eTA is a simple, inexpensive (CAD$7) online process that takes just minutes to complete. The eTA is electronically linked to a traveller’s passport and is valid for five years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.
  • Brazilian travellers not eligible for an eTA would still require a visa. They can apply online for a visitor visa or use the services of one of the visa applications centres in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro or Brasilia.

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Date Modified:
2016-11-01