Important Update for Mexican Citizens Travelling to Canada

As of February 29, 2024, significant changes have come into effect for Mexican citizens traveling to Canada, impacting the requirements for obtaining an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) and visitor visas. is here to provide you with a detailed overview of these changes, how they may affect your travel plans, and the steps you need to take to ensure compliance with the new regulations.

Understanding the New Requirements

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) Changes: Previously, Mexican citizens could apply for an eTA for air travel to Canada. However, with the new regulations in place from 11:30 p.m. Eastern time (ET) on February 29, 2024, eligibility criteria for an eTA have tightened. Now, to qualify for an eTA, Mexican travelers must either have held a Canadian visitor visa in the past ten years or currently hold a valid United States (U.S.) nonimmigrant visa. Importantly, if you had an eTA or submitted an application before this cutoff time, your eTA has been canceled, and it will no longer be valid for travel to Canada.

Visitor Visa Requirements: Mexican citizens not eligible for an eTA under the new rules will need to apply for a visitor visa. This includes tourists, students on a study term of less than six months, or business visitors who are temporary residents without a valid work or study permit.

How Visitors Are Affected

Before planning your travel to Canada, it’s crucial to determine whether you need to apply for an eTA under the new criteria or a visitor visa. The distinction depends on the purpose and duration of your visit, as well as your current visa status with Canada or the U.S.

Application Process

For an eTA:

  1. Ensure you have a valid Mexican passport and meet the eligibility criteria.
  2. Apply online and ensure you travel with the same passport used for the application.

For a Visitor Visa:

  1. Apply online or at a visa application center, with the process including payment of the application fee (CAN$100) and a biometrics collection fee (CAN$85).
  2. Visitor visas are typically multiple-entry and valid for up to 10 years.

Special Considerations

  • Mexican citizens already in Canada without a study or work permit can stay as long as authorized but must reapply for an eTA or visa if they leave and wish to return.
  • Work and Study Permit Holders: If you have a valid permit, your eTA has not been canceled. New applicants for work or study permits will be issued a visa upon approval, without needing a separate visa application.
  • Permanent Residents Approved: If approved for permanent residence, you’ll receive a permanent resident visa and should travel with your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR).

Planning Your Travel

Given these significant changes, Mexican citizens planning to travel to Canada must carefully review their eligibility for an eTA or a visitor visa under the new rules. If you’re in doubt or require assistance navigating the application process, offers expert guidance and support to ensure a smooth and compliant travel experience.

Remember, preparing and understanding the new requirements well in advance of your travel date is key to avoiding disruptions to your plans. Stay informed, stay prepared, and explore the beauty and opportunities Canada has to offer with peace of mind.

For further assistance and to ensure you’re fully prepared for your travel to Canada, visit us at Our team is here to support you every step of the way in your immigration and travel journey.


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