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Travel Requirements

Find out if you need a visa

Most people need a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to a Canadian airport.

To find out what document you need to travel to, or transit through Canada, visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp.

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Canada has introduced a new entry requirement, known as an eTA, for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air. An eTA is electronically linked to a traveller’s passport and is valid for up to five years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa. Entry requirements for other methods of travel (land, sea) have not changed.

Applying for an eTA is a simple online process. Most applicants get their eTA approval (via an email) within minutes. However, some requests can take several days to process if you’re asked to submit supporting documents. It is best to get an eTA before you book your flight to Canada.

For more information about eTA and how to apply, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/eta.html

Visitor Visa (Temporary Resident Visa – TRV)

Travellers from certain countries need a Visitor Visa to travel to Canada and do not need an eTA. They may also need to give biometrics with their application. To find out if you need a Visitor Visa and how to apply, visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/visa.asp

Letter of Invitation for Visa Purposes

An official Letter of Invitation to obtain a Visitor Visa and authorization to enter Canada will be issued to you ONLY after your registration has been completed and full payment received by the Congress Planner. Further instructions on how to obtain your Invitation Letter will be provided during the registration process.

Travelling from the USA

Citizens of the U.S. do not need an eTA or a visitor visa. For more information about the identification requirements, visit Canada Border Services Agency website (http://www.cbsa.gc.ca/travel-voyage/td-dv-eng.html) or the U.S. Department of State Consular Information website.