As of August 1, 2015, visa-exempt nationals traveling to Canada by air became eligible to acquire Electronic Travel Authorizations (eTAs). Foreign nationals who seek to obtain an eTA, must complete an online application and pay a processing fee of $7 CAD. If the application is approved, the eTA will be valid for a period of five years or until the expiration date of the applicant’s passport (whichever period is shorter).

Beginning March 15, 2016, eTAs will become mandatory for all visa-exempt foreign nationals entering Canada by air. Travelers with a valid visa, Canadian Permanent Residents and U.S. citizens are exempt from the eTA requirement. CIC has provided a full list of countries and territories whose citizens will require an eTA upon traveling to Canada.

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