Travel to and from Canada

Travel documents? Here’s everything you need to know. Before you take that trip to/from Canada, it’s essential to know what travel documentation you require. We’ve put together everything you need to know right here.

If you’re an Irish citizen, you don’t need a visa to visit or transit Canada, however starting 15 March, 2016 visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). It is in the form of an electronic authorization which is applied for online at the following Canadian Government website:

eTA is a new entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air. This entry requirement will become mandatory on 15 March, 2016, however, to facilitate the introduction of this new requirement, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is allowing for a six-month transition period (from March 15, 2016 until the end of September 2016). During this time, Border Services Officers (BSOs) at Canadian airports will have the discretion to allow travellers arriving without an eTA to enter Canada, provided they are not otherwise inadmissible.

The eTA authorization is electronically linked to your passport and is valid for five years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. Last-minute applications can be made on any device with an internet connection, including mobile phones. Most applicants can expect to get an email response within minutes of applying.

There is a charge on the traveller of $7 CAD per application. This charge is collected by the Canadian Government and is not an Aer Lingus fee.

In addition to eTA you’ll need to ensure you carry proper travel documents and identification for yourself and any children travelling with you.

Certain countries and territories need a full visa to visit or transit Canada. If you hold an alien’s passport or you’re stateless, you’ll need a visa. Please visit the Canada Border Services Agency website for more information.