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Transit in Canada
Effective March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and foreign nationals with a valid visa.

This is a summary for your transfer-flight in Canada:

  • US and Canada Citizens do not need eTA.
  • US Permanent Residents need to apply eTA before travel to avoid being denied boarding.
  • eTA is not a visa. So eTA may be required when visa is not required.
  • You can apply eTA online for CAD$7. Click here
  • It may take 10 days to get eTA approved. So apply eTA at least 2 weeks before your trip. Withoutan eTA, Do not buy a ticket departing within 2 weeks.
  • eTA is valid for up to 5 years within your passport valid period.
  • China citizens with valid US visa may be qualified for China Transit Program (CTP).
  • Taiwan citizens with valid US visa may be qualified for Transit Without Visa (TWOV).
  • CTP/TWOV limit to Vancouver and Toronto Terminal 1, Air Canada, Cathay Pacific, Air China, China Southern, WestJet operated flights. Codeshare flights operated by other airlines such as United are not eligible. Hainan Airlines flights also not eligible.
  • Participants in the China Transit Program (CTP) and Transit Without Visa (TWOV) Program, do not need to have an eTA or a visa to transit Canada.
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2016年3月15日起,在加拿大转机的持有美国绿卡的旅客必须在出发前上网花7加元申请5年有效的电子旅行许可证(eTA)。eTA申请有可能10天才获批准,也有可能不被批准。没有eTA请不要购买2周内出发的机票。否则无法登机。美国公民不需要eTA。

持有美国有效签证但没有美国绿卡的中国和台湾公民有可能享受过境免签而且不需要eTA。但必须乘坐指定航空公司(加航、国航、国泰、南方)飞行的航班在温哥华或多伦多1号航站楼转机。代码共享航班不符合免签条件。比如美联航及海航旅客不符合免签条件。

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