eTA Exceptions include citizens of the United States and travelers with a valid Canadian visa. Citizens of Canada, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents are NOT eligible for an eTA.
Nationals and citizens holding a passport from the following countries and territories are NOT eligible to apply for a canadian eTA and need a regular visa.
- Burkina Faso
- Burma (Myanmar)
- Cameroon, Republic of
- Cape Verde
- Central African Republic
- China, People’s Republic of
- Congo, Democratic Republic of
- Congo, Republic of
- Costa Rica, Republic of
- Dominican Republic
- East Timor
- El Salvador
- Equatorial Guinea
- Israel – holders of valid Israeli “Travel Document in lieu of National Passport”
- Ivory Coast
- Korea, North
- Macao Special Administrative Region
- Maldives Islands
- Marshall Islands
- Micronesia, Fed. States
- Palestinian Authority
- Sao Tomé e Principe
- Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- South Sudan
- Sri Lanka
- St. Kitts and Nevis
- St. Lucia
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines (St. Vincent)
- Taiwan – Note: Taiwanese citizens who hold a passport issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan that does not include their personal identification number need a visa to come to Canada. Taiwanese citizens who hold a passport issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan that includes their personal identification number need an eTA to come to Canada.
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
More eTA Exemptions
Citizen of the United States
Refers to any of these individuals:
- born in the United States
- whose parent is a United States citizen
- naturalized as a United States citizen
- born in Puerto Rico
- born in Guam
- born in the United States Virgin Islands
Citizen of France residing in and travelling from St. Pierre and Miquelon
A citizen of France who does not physically live in France, but lives in St. Pierre and Miquelon.
Member of visiting forces in Canada on official duty/order
Members of the armed forces of a designated state, including civilian personnel, who are present in Canada in connection with official duties.
Flight crew, civil aviation inspectors and accident investigators
Flight crews work on foreign-owned and registered aircrafts used to transport cargo and passengers internationally and their work is related to operating vehicles or serving passengers.
Civil aviation inspectors check the flight operations or cabin safety of commercial airlines during international flights.
Accident investigators are accredited agents or advisers working on an aviation accident or incident investigation being done under the Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board Act.
Diplomats on bilateral and multilateral postings in Canada entitled to diplomatic, consular or other official status under the Foreign Missions and International Organizations Act.
Also includes home-based staff of the Taipei Economic and Commercial Office and Palestinian General Delegation who are granted courtesy accreditation.
Travelling to Canada by land or sea
Persons travelling to Canada through the Canada-United States land border, or on a marine vessel.
Temporary Resident with valid status
Having legal status means you are authorized to enter and stay in Canada as a temporary or permanent resident under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, as a Canadian citizen under the Citizenship Act or as a Registered Indian under the Indian Act.
When travelling outside of Canada, temporary residents such as visitors (tourists), students and workers must return to Canada within the period authorized for their stay in Canada.
Permanent residents of Canada must travel with their permanent resident card, as it is proof that they are a permanent resident of Canada.
Canadian citizens should travel with a valid Canadian passport. It is the only reliable and universally accepted travel and identification document available to Canadians for the purpose of international travel.
Registered Indians should travel with a Certificate of Indian Status.
Please check http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas-all.asp#eta-exemptions for more information.