Temporary residents: Electronic travel authorization

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

The electronic travel authorization (eTA) initiative is a key commitment intended to strengthen mutual Canada–U.S. security by addressing potential threats as early as possible outside the North American perimeter. The eTA initiative harmonizes the Canadian and U.S. approaches to the pre-departure screening of visa-exempt foreign nationals.

Under the eTA initiative, visa-exempt foreign nationals (U.S. citizens exempted) are required to obtain an eTA before travelling to Canada by air, unless otherwise exempted from the requirement. Certain low-risk foreign nationals from select visa-required countries may also be eligible to obtain an eTA to travel to Canada by air via the eTA expansion program.

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