Canada – Government Lifts Visa Requirement for Brazilians, Bulgarians and Romanians

Effective May 1, 2017, nationals of Brazil, Bulgaria and Romania will be able to enter Canada with an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) rather than a visa, if the following are applicable:

  • They have held a Canadian visa at any time in the ten years preceding their travel, or
  • They have held a US non-immigrant visa at any time.

Beginning December 1, 2017, for Bulgarians and Romanians, the use of eTAs rather than visas will be broadened to include all nationals of those countries (with or without prior Canadian or US visas).

Visa-exempt foreign nationals are expected to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) via the online registration system, to fly to or transit through Canada. eTAs are valid for five years, or until the expiration date of a passport, whichever comes first.

The eTA requirement does not apply to citizens of the United States (US) but US permanent residents, or green card holders, do require the online authorization. The eTA is not required if a person is entering at a land or sea port of entry. A list of nationalities requiring an eTA is available here.

Please note that this is general information only and not intended as advice on a specific matter. Please feel free to contact Fakhoury Global Immigration directly with questions exclusive to your situation. This news alert was prepared using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is licensed to Fakhoury Global Immigration.