Obtaining a Visa

Obtain your travel documents well in advance

Entry Requirements for Canada

U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) recommends all U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. carry a valid passport for all travel abroad, including visits to Canada from the United States. A passport may be required by your airline or alternative transportation authority, as it is the only universally-accepted identification document.

For U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are members of the NEXUS or FAST programs, you may present your membership cards to the CBSA as proof of identity and as documents that denote citizenship, when arriving by land or marine modes only.

Travel document requirements are subject to change. Therefore, to ensure that you have the correct documents to travel to Canada, please consult the Canada Border Services Agency site for current requirements. In addition, be sure to check the U.S. Customs and Border Protection site for current requirements for re-entering the United States after your visit to Canada.

International Visitors

The Government of Canada requires that all international visitors carry a valid passport to enter Canada. In addition to your passport, you may also require a visa. For current entry requirements, please visit the Canada Border Services Agency site.

Visa Information

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Starting in March 2016, nationals from visa-exempt countries who are flying or transit through Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). The exception is for U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa for Canada. The online authorization process only takes a few minutes and costs CAD $7. The authorization is valid for five years or until your passport expires. To find out more, please visit the Canada Border Services site here.

Visitors from some countries still need regular visitor visas, as well as those intending to study or work in Canada. For information regarding visas and entry requirements for Canada, please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website or call 1.888.242.2100 (in Canada). From outside Canada, please contact the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate in your region.

Find out more about eTA click here.

Letter of Invitation

If you require a letter of invitation to attend the 2019 Global Congress, please click here and complete the online form. Receipt of a Letter of Invitation does not commit AAGL to provide travel or lodging to the requestor.