Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and visitors to Canada: Electronic travel authorization (eTA) applications

We’ve temporarily changed how to apply for an electronic travel authorization (eTA). The instructions on this page are only for people who need an eTA and are eligible to travel to Canada at this time.

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How to apply for a new eTA

Step 1: Apply

You need to apply online for an eTA.

Step 2: Contact us to prove how you meet the requirements to travel

After you apply, use our Web form to prove how you meet the eligibility requirements to travel at this time.

When filling out the Web form, do the following:

Upload proof that you’re eligible to travel

When filling out the Web form, answer “yes” to the question Would you like to include a document with your submission? and then upload evidence that you meet one of the travel exemption criteria.

The type of evidence you need to provide depends on what you qualify for.

If you’re outside the United States (US)

You must be able to prove one of the following:

If you’re travelling directly from the US

You must be able to prove one of the following:

What evidence to submit

If you qualify as an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen or Canadian permanent resident

Examples of evidence you can provide

  • a marriage certificate or proof of common-law status (documents showing a shared address)
  • a birth certificate
  • a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) for one of the following:
    • the family class (the COPR category under Application Details will be FC)
    • the one-year window of opportunity provision (coded as OYW under Special Program)
  • other documents that show an immediate family connection, for example
    • correspondence from us showing a spousal sponsorship application in progress
    • documents that show a shared home address
If you qualify as an extended family member of a Canadian citizen or Canadian permanent resident

Submit the signed and completed application for authorization and statutory declaration (IMM 0006) (PDF, 2.2 MB)  Updated October 9, 2020.

If you qualify as an immediate family member of a temporary resident in Canada

Submit proof of your

  • relationship with an immediate family member in Canada
  • immediate family member’s status in Canada (copy of their study permit or work permit)
If you’re already authorized to come to Canada for compassionate reasons

Submit the authorization letter you got from PHAC.

Note: Having an authorization letter from PHAC does not guarantee you’ll be approved for a visitor visa.

Step 4: Wait for us to email you

If your eTA is automatically approved, you’ll get an approval email with the details of your eTA.

If your eTA is not automatically approved, you’ll get an email with next steps.

Step 5: Prepare to travel

You need to prepare properly before you travel to Canada.

Bring proof

You must bring evidence that you’re eligible to travel at this time

You must bring

If you can’t provide this information, you won’t be allowed to board your flight to Canada or enter Canada.

Health requirements for travellers to Canada

To travel to Canada, you must

If you already applied for an eTA

Follow the steps below to contact us if you

If you’re an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and you already have an eTA

You don’t need a written authorization from us confirming that you’re exempt from the travel restrictions.

Step 1: Contact us

Use our Web form.

When filling out the Web form, do the following:

Step 2: Upload proof that you’re eligible to travel

When you’ve filled out the form, make sure you answer “yes” to the question Would you like to include a document with your submission? and then upload evidence that you’re eligible to travel at this time.

The type of evidence you need to provide depends on what you qualify for.

If you’re outside the US

You must be able to prove one of the following:

If you’re travelling directly from the US

You must be able to prove one of the following:

What evidence to submit

If you qualify as an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen or Canadian permanent resident

Examples of evidence you can provide

  • a marriage certificate or proof of common-law status (documents showing a shared address)
  • a birth certificate
  • a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) for one of the following:
    • the family class (the COPR category under Application Details will be FC)
    • the one-year window of opportunity provision (coded as OYW under Special Program)
  • other documents that show an immediate family connection, for example
    • correspondence from us showing a spousal sponsorship application in progress
    • documents that show a shared home address
If you qualify as an extended family member of a Canadian citizen or Canadian permanent resident

Submit the signed and completed application for authorization and statutory declaration (IMM 0006) (PDF, 2.2 MB) Updated October 9, 2020.

If you qualify as an immediate family member of a temporary resident in Canada

Submit proof of your

  • relationship with an immediate family member in Canada
  • immediate family member’s status in Canada (copy of their study permit or work permit)
If you’re already authorized to come to Canada for compassionate reasons

Submit the authorization letter you got from PHAC.

Note: Having an authorization letter from PHAC does not guarantee you’ll be approved for a visitor visa.

If you already have an eTA, you don’t need to contact us.

Step 3: Wait for our email

An officer will assess the evidence you’ve submitted. If your application is approved, you’ll receive an email from IRCC with the next steps.

Step 4: Prepare to travel

You need to prepare properly before you travel.

Bring proof

You must bring evidence that you meet the eligibility requirements to travel at this time.

You must bring

If you can’t provide this information, you won’t be allowed to board your flight or enter Canada.

Health requirements for travellers to Canada

To travel to Canada, you must

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