Canada: Visa-exempt nationals to require Electronic Travel Authorization

On or after September 30, 2016, visa-exempt nationals who plan to enter or exit and re-enter Canada by air must apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) prior to boarding a flight to Canada.

Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian Temporary Resident Visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents cannot apply for an eTA.

Visa-exempt nationals who plan to enter or exit and re-enter Canada by air will be able to board their flight and enter Canada as long as they have appropriate travel documents, such as a valid passport, until September 29, 2016.

Online applications for the eTA and a full list of visa-exempt nationals is available on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.

What This Means for Foreign Nationals

Affected foreign nationals should obtain an eTA by the deadline.