Canadian border information and services for non-residents visiting, settling in or doing business with Canada.

General Information

Electronic travel authorization

Visa-exempt foreign nationals need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa, U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents, Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents cannot apply for an eTA.

Fake websites

Travellers who apply for an eTA are advised to be cautious in all dealings with companies that claim to offer help in getting an eTA. These companies are not operating on behalf of the Government of Canada. Many have established websites that charge a fee to provide information and submit eTA applications.

This Government of Canada website is the official place to apply for an eTA.

Events in Canada

Visitors to Canada

Non-Canadian business

Coming to Canada to study or work

For processing of work permit and study permit applications, or confirmation of permanent residence, temporary residents should visit Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to complete an application or to find an IRCC office closest to their current residence to book an appointment for processing. For additional details, to access IRCC online services or to make an appointment, visit IRCC or call 1-888-242-2100.

Refugee claimants

Securing the border

Securing the border - More

Other government sources

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