Visas and Immigration

Important Notice

Starting March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada are expected to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa. 

However, from March 15, 2016 until fall 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 time, 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.

Note that Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents are not eligible 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: