As of March 15, 2016, select visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada will require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

However, from March 15, 2016 until fall 2016, travellers who do not have an eTA can board their flight, as long as they have appropriate travel documents, such as a valid passport. During this time, border services officers can let travellers arriving without an eTA into the country, as long as they meet the other requirements to enter Canada.

For more information on this leniency period please view FAQs on CIC’s website and/or contact Kylie Marshall at or +1 709-738-5691.

For further information on changes to the eTA Program, please refer to the original notice from January 2016.