Are you flying to Canada? Do you need a Visitor Visa or do you need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)? Entry rules are changing; find out if those changes apply to you.
What is an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization)?
Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announces that as of March 15, 2016, visa-free eligible nationals arriving by air to Canada are expected to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) but it won’t be necessary for overland entry or entry by sea. It will become mandatory beginning fall 2016. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens and Canadian permanent residents, don’t need an eTA.
eTA or Visitor Visa?
If you are a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. and have a valid alien registration card (Green Card), you need an eTA to visit or transit through Canada by air.
Here are the lists of countries/territories that need an eTA. If your country/territory is not listed below, you need a visitor visa to travel Canada.
Antigua and Barbuda
British overseas citizens – re-admissible to the United Kingdom
British overseas citizens – subject to control under the Immigration Act of 1971
British overseas territories, citizens of
British National (overseas)
British Virgin Islands
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Israel – holders of National Israeli Passport
Korea, Republic of
Papua New Guinea
Taiwan – holders of the ordinary passport issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan that includes their personal identification number
Turks and Caicos Islands
U.S. – permanent resident
You can confirm your eligibility and apply for an eTA here.
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