If you are travelling to Canada on, or after, the 15th March 2016, there is a new requirement you may need to meet if arriving by air.
All visitors to Canada need to apply for the eTA (Electronic Travel Authorisation). This includes people who don’t normally need a visa to enter Canada (for example British Citizens entering Canada as a tourist).
The eTA costs $7 (approx. £3.50) and lasts for up to 5 years. If you obtain a new passport during the validity of the eTA, you will need to apply for a new one.
For people booking Oyster programmes in Canada, read carefully…
If you have applied for an IEC Working Holiday Permit (to be on a paid-work programme in Canada), your eTA is automatically issued as part of the work permit. You don’t need to apply separately. If you change your passport between receiving the Letter of Introduction for the work permit and your arrival in Canada, you will need to apply for an eTA as the reference number will be linked to your old passport.
For people on on our ski and snowboard instructor courses that don’t require a work permit, you will need to apply for an eTA. This includes people on our 4 week, 7 week and 11 week instructor courses in Whistler, as well as our 11 week course in Jasper.
It is best to organise your eTA as soon as possible and not leave it to the last minute! To apply, visit the eTA website. The application is really easy and only takes a couple of minutes.