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Important Notice: New entry requirement (Electronic Travel Authorization, eTA) 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.

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.

Note: Travellers who apply for an eTA are advised to be cautious in all dealings with companies that claim to offer help in getting an eTA. These companies are NOT operating on behalf of the Government of Canada. Many have established websites that charge a fee to provide information and submit eTA applications. This Government of Canada website is the official place to apply for an eTA.

Find out how these changes may affect you. Information available in the following languages:

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Find out how to go to Canada and how to apply for a visa through the services listed below:

Visit

Apply to visit Canada for tourism or business or find out what you need to carry with you to transit Canada.

Study

Apply to study in Canada as an international student.

Work

Apply to work in Canada temporarily.

Immigrate

Determine your eligibility, apply to immigrate to Canada and learn about Express Entry for skilled workers.

Family sponsorship

Find out how to sponsor your spouse, partner, dependent child or other eligible relatives to come to Canada.

My application

Check application status, check processing times, find a form, pay your fees and find out if you need a medical exam or police check.

Inadmissibility

You may be inadmissible to enter Canada for security reasons, health reasons or criminality. Learn more on how to overcome inadmissibility.

Permanent residents outside Canada

Services for permanent residents of Canada. Find out how to apply for a permanent resident travel document or how to give up your permanent resident status.

Protect yourself from fraud

Learn about immigration fraud, how to protect yourself and how to report fraud.

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Date Modified:
2016-04-08