Information for International Travelers

eTA or Visa?

Visa-exempt foreign nationals are expected to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travelers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents are not eligible to apply for an eTA. Most foreign nationals need a visa to travel to Canada.

Find out if you need an eTA or a visa to travel to Canada.

Online eTA Application

Video Overview: eTA: What you need to know.
Fee: $7 CAD
Processing Time: Usually within minutes, but up to several days You will need: valid passport; valid email address; credit or debit card  

Visa Application

Fee: $100 CAD or more
Processing Time: Varies by country — Check processing times
Before applying: You may need to give biometrics (not included in processing time)
* Visa Application Centers outside Canada
Find a visa application center
  • are commercial service providers authorized by Canada to provide specific services to applicants.
  • provide a number of services to clients, including help applicants fill out forms, answer questions and ensure that applications are complete.
  • reduce unnecessary delays or refusals due to incomplete applications.
  • serve as a collection point for applicants required to provide biometrics (fingerprints and photo).
  • send applications to visa offices and transmit decisions to applicants in a secure and confidential manner.
  • do not process visa applications and have no decision-making authority.


All travelers arriving from outside of Canada must use ArriveCAN to provide mandatory travel information at least 72 hours before traveling and after entry into Canada. Learn more about ArriveCAN.

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Customs and Immigration

Airport Baggage Claim and Inspection

Montréal Airport customs page

Entering Canada by Ground

Border information for international travel