New Entry Requirement Now in Effect
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New Entry Requirement Now in Effect

New Entry Requirement Now in Effect

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. Until September 29, 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. Find answers to your questions about the leniency period.

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) –


I want to apply for a study or work permit. Do I need to apply for an eTA?
Starting August 1, 2015, an eTA will be issued automatically if you are approved for a work or study permit. You will not have to submit a separate eTA application form or pay a separate fee.

I already have a study or work permit, do I need to apply for an eTA?
If you are a student or foreign worker already in Canada on a valid study and work permit, you will not need an eTA as long as you do not leave Canada and seek to return by air. If you plan to leave and then return to Canada by air, you will need to get an eTA.

I am a permanent resident of Canada. Do I need an eTA if I leave and want to return to Canada by air?
No, you will not need an eTA if you are a permanent resident of Canada. When eTA becomes mandatory on March 15, 2016, you will need to travel with your permanent resident card of Canada. Otherwise, you may not be able to board your flight to Canada.

Very Important: VISITORS to Canada will require an eTA. It is recommended that you submit your eTA application before you buy your airline ticket. This way if you encounter any difficulties when you apply, you can resolve any issues before you book your flight. In most cases, the eTA will be issued in minutes, which will not delay your flight booking.