VISAS & PASSPORTS
Citizens of certain countries and territories need a visa to visit or transit through Canada. Others need an eTA. You should apply now for an eTA.
NEW: Starting 15 March 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and foreign nationals with a valid visa. For more details, please see the Canadian Government website at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas-all.asp
Generally speaking, these are the guidelines:
- Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, are not eligible to apply for an eTA and are strongly encouraged to travel with a valid Canadian passport.
- Holders of Alien (foreign) passports and Stateless individuals need a visa to visit or transit through Canada.
- Apply as a tourist: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/apply-how.asp
- Apply as a business visitor: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/business/apply.asp
- Foreign nationals will need an eTA before boarding their flight to Canada. http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp
- U.S. citizens do not need an eTA or a visa; however, a valid passport or other proper identification must be presented at the border.