Travelling to Canada
New entry requirement 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.
If you are planning to visit Canada, we recommend you start with a visit to the Canadian Tourism Commission website, which will provide you with all the practical information you need to start planning your trip, what you need to know when you land in Canada and how to get around while you are here. It will also provide you with loads of information on places to go, things to see and do and trip ideas. For even more travel ideas, visit the Canadian Tourism Commission’s Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+ channels.
Non-Canadians entering Canada
When you enter Canada, a Canada Border Services Agency officer may ask to see your passport and a valid visa, if you need one. If you are a citizen of the United States, you do not need a passport to enter Canada, but you should carry proof of your citizenship, such as a birth certificate, certificate of citizenship or naturalization, as well as photo identification. If you are a permanent resident of Canada or the U.S, you should bring your Permanent Resident Card with you.
The citizens of many countries require a visa to enter Canada, while the citizens of others do not. Find out if you need a visa to enter Canada before you leave your home country. Visas are issued by Canadian government offices abroad. Not all of these offices have visa officers, but those that do not will direct you to the nearest visa office. Canada has introduced a new entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for certain international travellers who fly to Canada. Read about the changes and how they may affect you.
If you are a non-Canadian citizen who would like to immigrate to Canada or to come to Canada as a refugee, or to work, study or visit, see Immigration (non-Canadian citizens).
US to Canada border wait times
A regularly updated list of wait times at border ports of entry for drivers coming to Canada from the U.S.
Dual Canadian citizens: Fly to Canada with a valid CDN passport
Starting November 10, 2016, you will need a valid Canadian passport to board a flight to Canada.
What you can bring back to Canada
General guidelines on what you can and cannot bring into Canada when you return from abroad.
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