Visiting Canada from the United States: Do I need a visa for Canada?
Visitors to the United States frequently elect to cross the border into Canada. In fact, this country is home to a portion of the world-famous Niagara Falls. Furthermore, the magnificent Canadian metropolis of Toronto attracts millions of tourists each year.
Because Canada borders thirteen US states, entering the nation from the US is quite simple. These include popular East Coast destinations like Pennsylvania and upstate New York. The boundary is then extended to include Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.
If you live in one of these states, you may want to cross the Canada-US border by car. To view the Canadian section of Niagara Falls, for example, you must travel from New York to the Canadian province of Ontario. Flights connecting the two nations are likewise well-organized. Flights between Toronto and the major cities on the United States’ East Coast are quite frequent.
Traveling from the USA to Canada by land or sea
You do not need an ESTA if you are travelling by automobile from the United States to Canada. It is obvious that Italian individuals travelling by land or water from the United States to Canada would be subjected to security inspections. However, the passport will be the only document required. As a result, you will not require a visa or an electronic authorisation.
If you are travelling by automobile or bus, you must stop at a separate checkpoint once you reach the border. In fact, you will notice signs that say “Primary Inspection.” The agents will examine your paperwork and car but will not grant you a Canadian visa.
Border agents will also be allowed to do the following:
- Inquire about the nature and duration of your trip to Canada.
- Examine the documentation showing the reservation of your lodging;
- Examine the contents of your vehicle and your luggage;
- request that a customs form be filled out;
- request that taxes or customs charges be paid
Depending on traffic and congestion, the wait at the border might last anywhere from fifteen minutes to several hours. In addition, the Canadian government announces any delays at border crossings between the two nations in real time on this page.
To enter Canada from some border crossings, you must pay a toll. This is the situation with the Rainbow Bridge station, which connects New York and Ontario. If you want to drive to Niagara Falls, you must cross the border right here for roughly $3.
Traveling by air from the USA to Canada with the eTA
If, on the other hand, you are flying from the United States to Canada, you will require a Canadian visa. On the website, Italian people can apply for an eTA Canada (Electronic Travel Authorization).
This travel permission is quite similar to the one necessary for the United States. The travel permission is valid for up to 5 years or until your passport expires. If your passport expires before your electronic authorisation, you will need to apply for a new one. The maximum stay is likewise six months.
Finally, the personal information necessary for an eTA application is comparable to that required for an ESTA form:
- number on a passport;
- passport issuance and expiration date
- name, surname, birth date, and location
- marital standing;
- former Canadian visa number
- details regarding your professional activities;
- residence address
- an email address
- general inquiries about your criminal history and health status
You will get an email confirmation after your application has been approved. You won’t need to print it, but make sure your passport number is right. Otherwise, you risk being denied entry into the country.
Arrival at the airport in Canada: all the procedures
In addition to applying for your eTA in advance, you will need the following documents to fly to Canada from the United States:
- complete an in-flight “Declaration Card,” a kind of customs questionnaire that asks about the purpose of your trip;
- subject to “Primary Inspection” by the Canada Border Services Agency, the country’s customs agency (CBSA). You will next be required to present your documentation as well as your Declaration Card. Customs officers may interview you about your job, the nature of your trip, and your lodging.
- When leaving the airport, gather your bags and present your Declaration Card to the CBSA official. Finally, if you have to pay customs fees or taxes, you will need to provide the transaction receipt.