Canada Entry Requirements

Canada Entry Requirements UPDATED 9 SEPTEMBER 2016

Canada – Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA)

Earlier this year the Canadian government introduced an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) for customers flying into or transiting any Canadian point. All arriving customers travelling on a visa-exempt passport, which includes most UK and other European nationals, need to obtain an eTA through the Canadian government website in advance. Since its introduction there was a leniency period in place that has allowed passengers to board their flight without an eTA. The ABTA Destination Services team have been made aware that this leniency period will shortly end and eTA’s will become mandatory from Friday 30th September 2016. From this date anybody travelling without an eTA will not be able to travel to Canada. Those customers travelling to Canada can apply for an eTA at the Government of Canada website:


From 15 March 2016 ETA must be applied for prior to arrival in Canada. 

Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) From 15 March 2016 any visitor travelling to Canada – including those who don’t currently need a visa to visit – will have to get an electronic travel authorisation (ETA) to enter Canada. From 1 August 2015, travellers will have the opportunity to go online and apply for their ETA ahead of time. For more information see the official Canadian government website.