Starting May 1, 2017, some citizens from Brazil, Bulgaria and Romania are able to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), instead of a visitor visa, to fly to, or transit through a Canadian airport.
However, Brazilians, Bulgarians and Romanians who are not eligible to apply for an eTA or who are travelling to Canada by car, bus, train or boat, including a cruise ship, will still need a visitor visa.
Travellers can apply for an eTA, starting May 1 if they:
- Have held a Canadian visitor visa in the past 10 years, or
- Currently hold a valid United States nonimmigrant visa
and who will:
- Fly to or transit through a Canadian airport using a valid Brazilian, Bulgarian or Romanian passport, and
- Come for a short visit, business or tourist activity (normally for stays of up to six months)
Those who do not meet these criteria will still need a visitor visa to travel to Canada.
Travellers who already have a valid Canadian visa do not need an eTA to fly to Canada and can continue to travel with their visitor visa until it expires.
Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, cannot apply for an eTA and will need a valid Canadian passport to fly to Canada.