Reminder: new requirements for entering Canada by air

April 4, 2016 Mark Dauner

Toronto, Ontario, Canada Skyline - Photo Credit: Paul Bica - used with Creative Commons License

As we first told you about in January’s Travel Insight & Analysis Newsletter, there are new requirements for travelers entering Canada by air. As of March 15th these requirements are now in effect, although there is a leniency period for part of this year. According to the Government of Canada, “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 travelers with a valid Canadian visa. However, from March 15, 2016 until fall 2016, travelers who do not have an eTA can board their flight, as long as they have appropriate travel documents, such as a valid passport.

Whether you need to obtain an ETA or not may depend on your country of citizenship, your Canadian visa status and where you are traveling from. That’s a lot of different combinations! US citizens with a valid passport entering Canada do not need an ETA. For those from other countries, please go to this site to find out what you need to get into Canada. You can also visit Canada’s Electronic Travel Authorization and Visitor Visa page for all other questions related to Canadian entry requirements.

Photo credit: Paul Bica: Used with Creative Commons license. 

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