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Travel Tips

Entering Canada: Tips for Travellers

All visitors must have valid travel documents and identification to enter Canada, such as a passport or visa.

Find current information on entry requirements on the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) website.

Requirements may vary depending on the country you’re travelling from — or transiting through.

You may need a visitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization. Find out if you need a visitor visa or ETA.


The entry document you need depends on:

  • the type of travel document you plan to travel with

  • the country that issued your travel document

  • your nationality

  • your method of travel to Canada for this trip

Visa-exempt foreign nationals (excluding U.S. citizens) must apply online for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), ideally prior to booking their flight to Canada. Apply Here

Visa Invitation Letter

Visa-required foreign nationals must submit fingerprints and a photo (biometrics) to acquire their visa for travel to Canada.

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