Canada entry and transit requirements

Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA)

An Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) is an entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to and through Canada by air, and all applicable passengers must have obtained an eTA prior to their flight.

The authorisation is electronically linked to passports and is valid for five years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. Travellers need to travel with the same passport they used when they applied for and obtained their eTA.

Applying for an eTA is an easy online process that will take just a few minutes. You need your passport, a credit card, and an email address. It costs CAD $7 and in most cases the eTA will be granted within minutes of applying.

See the list of eTA-required countries.

Check the status of your eTA or apply for the eTA.

Save time at the border in Vancouver

Primary inspection kiosks are available at select airports across Canada (including Vancouver). This is a secure and innovative service designed to accelerate passenger screening and border processing. Most visa-exempt foreign nationals, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada who have a valid Canadian passport or permanent resident card can use an Automated Border Clearance kiosk upon arriving into Canada.

Those looking to save more time can create their declaration in advance using the CanBorder - eDeclaration (Beta) mobile app.

Travelling with children, and children travelling alone

When children are travelling to, or through, Canada, specific requirements need to be met. Details can be found regarding children travelling alone, including age limits, or children travelling with a parent or guardian. The Canadian Transport Agency website outlines these regulations in full.