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Expansion of eTA Eligibility to 13 new countries is more complicated than it sounds

Updated: Mar 6


Who:

Foreign nationals from the following countries who have either held a Canadian visa (TRV) in the last 10 years OR who currently hold a valid United States non-immigrant visa:

 

  • Antigua and Barbuda

  • Argentina

  • Costa Rica

  • Morocco

  • Panama

  • Philippines

  • St. Kitts and Nevis

  • St. Lucia

  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines

  • Seychelles

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Uruguay


What:

Eligible to apply for an eTA and travel to Canada by air with an eTA (instead of a TRV)

In Force:

June 6, 2023

Effective June 6, 2023, Foreign nationals from the following countries who have either held a Canadian visa (Temporary Resident Visa or TRV) in the last 10 years OR who currently hold a valid United States non-immigrant visa are now eligible to apply for and travel to visit Canada with an eTA:

  • Argentina

  • Antigua and Barbuda

  • Costa Rica

  • Morocco

  • Panama

  • Philippines

  • St. Kitts and Nevis

  • St. Lucia

  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines

  • Seychelles

  • Thailand

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Uruguay

Eligible foreign nationals will not require a TRV to board a flight to Canada.


Foreign nationals from the above countries will still require a TRV to travel to Canada by car, bus, train or boat.


Foreign nationals from the above countries will not be allowed to apply for a work or study permit on arrival in Canada by air, they must still apply online in advance of travel for either a work or study permit.


The same rules have applied to foreign nationals from Brazil since 2017.









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