Changes to eTA and visitor visa requirements for Mexican citizens

As of 11:30 p.m. ET on February 29, 2024, Mexican citizens travelling to Canada will need to meet new requirements to travel to Canada.

What’s changing

Starting at 11:30 p.m. ET on February 29, 2024,

  • you will need to meet new requirements to be eligible for an electronic travel authorization (eTA)
  • if you already have an eTA, it will automatically be cancelled unless you also have a valid work or study permit
  • if you have an eTA application in progress, you will need to apply for a new eTA or for a visitor visa
  • before you travel to Canada, you will need to apply for a new eTA (if eligible)
  • if you’re not eligible for an eTA anymore, you will need to apply for a visitor visa to travel to Canada

These changes apply even if you already booked your travel. Having pre-booked travel plans or a previously valid eTA does not guarantee you will be approved for a new eTA or a visa.

How visitors are affected

Visitors are temporary residents who don’t have a valid work or study permit, such as tourists, students on a study term less than 6 months, or business visitors.

If you’re a visitor who had an eTA, or submitted an application for an eTA before 11:30 p.m. ET on February 29, 2024, you won’t be able to use it to travel.

Before you can travel to Canada, you need to either

Who can apply for an eTA under the new rules

You’re eligible for an eTA if you meet all of these 3 requirements:

  1. You’re using a valid Mexican passport to fly to Canada or to transit through a Canadian airport to another destination.
  2. You’re coming to Canada for a short visit (normally for stays of up to 6 months).
  3. You either
    • have held a Canadian visitor visa (temporary resident visa) in the past 10 years or
    • currently hold a valid United States nonimmigrant visa

An eTA is for air travel only. Even if you are eligible for an eTA, you need a visitor visa if you plan to travel to Canada by car, bus, train or boat, including a cruise ship (even if you don’t leave the ship).

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