Travel to Canada

Electronic Travel Authorization

The Canadian government is now mandating that all visaexempt foreign nationals, including U.S. legal permanent residents, who fly or transit to Canada must apply for and receive an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) prior to their trip. EXCEPTIONS include U.S. citizens as well as travelers who have a valid Canadian visa. Permanent residents of the U.S. who are members of NEXUS also need an eTA when flying to or transiting through Canada.

Be prepared: Apply for an eTA before you book your flight to Canada. Most applicants get approved within minutes. However, some applications can take several days to process so don’t wait until the last minute. Get help if you have questions before, during or after you apply.

All visitors arriving from or transiting through the U.S. are encouraged to visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website for information concerning the U.S. Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, and the requirements to enter or return to the U.S.

Entering Canada with DUI Offenses

Canada may not allow persons with DUI (driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol) convictions to enter their country. A Canadian immigration officer will decide if you can enter Canada when you apply for a visa, an eTA or upon your arrival at a port of entry.

Medical Services

Unexpected medical situations can arise anytime. Overseas visitors should acquire travel insurance that covers medical situations in Canada, where care for uninsured patients can be very expensive. Consult your health care provider. For example, your U.S. health insurance policy will most likely NOT cover you if you are traveling in Canada. If you do not have medical insurance and you receive emergency care, the bill will be sent to your home country address.

Cell Phone Service

Taking your smartphone or mobile device out of the country can be very useful. However, if you do not order an international voice and data plan from your provider, or if you accidentally go over the limit for the plan, the resulting phone bill could be an unpleasant surprise. There are some general steps you should follow when taking your phone out of the country.