In a significant update from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Mexican citizens planning to travel to Canada will face new requirements effective from 11:30 p.m. ET on February 29, 2024. This change impacts Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) and visitor visa protocols, marking a pivotal shift for travelers and prospective visitors. Titan Law Corporation is here to guide you through these changes, ensuring you remain informed and prepared for your upcoming travels.

Understanding the Changes

The recent amendments delineate clear guidelines and requirements for Mexican citizens:

  1. eTA Adjustments: Eligibility criteria for an eTA have been revised. If you already possess an eTA, it will be automatically nullified unless paired with a valid work or study permit. In-progress eTA applications will require re-submission under the new guidelines.

  2. Visitor Visa Protocols: If ineligible for an eTA, Mexican citizens must now apply for a visitor visa. This is a crucial change for those planning to enter Canada, affecting travel plans irrespective of previous eTA status.

  3. Application Timing: It’s essential to wait until after the specified deadline to reapply for an eTA or apply for a visitor visa to ensure your travel documents remain valid.

Impact on Travelers

These adjustments have significant implications for visitors, including tourists, short-term students, and business travelers without a valid work or study permit:

  • Pre-existing eTA Holders: If you had an eTA before the cutoff, you would need to apply anew under the updated criteria or opt for a visitor visa.

  • Application Strategy: Post-deadline applications are imperative. Early applications will result in cancellation at the deadline, rendering them invalid for travel.

  • eTA Eligibility: Now, to qualify for an eTA, you must use a valid Mexican passport for air travel, be visiting for a short period, and have either a Canadian visitor visa in the last ten years or a valid US nonimmigrant visa.

Preparing for Your Trip

Traveling with the correct documentation is paramount. Ensure your passport is the same one used for your eTA application. Carry both printed and digital copies of your eTA confirmation and any relevant old passports containing previous Canadian or US visas.

Visa Requirements

A visitor visa is necessary if you’re ineligible for an eTA, particularly if traveling by land or sea. The cost is CAN$100, with additional fees such as CAN$85 for biometrics. Most visitor visas are multiple-entry, valid for up to 10 years.

If Traveling Soon

Check processing times if your travel is imminent and detail any urgent reasons in your application to possibly expedite the process. However, expedited processing is not guaranteed. We advise postponing travel plans until your visa situation is resolved to avoid unnecessary expenses.

How Titan Law Corporation Can Help

Understanding these new regulations and ensuring compliance can be daunting. Titan Law Corporation is at the forefront, offering guidance and expertise to navigate these changes efficiently. We encourage you to book a free eligibility call with our experienced legal team to discuss your situation, understand your options, and ensure your travel plans remain on track.


The new eTA and visitor visa requirements for Mexican citizens represent a significant change in Canadian immigration policy. As these changes unfold, staying informed and prepared is crucial. Titan Law Corporation is dedicated to providing you with the latest information and support as you navigate these new requirements. Ensure your travel to Canada is smooth and compliant by consulting with our experts today.

Starting from 11:30 p.m. ET on February 29, 2024, Mexican citizens will need to meet new requirements to be eligible for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). If you already have an eTA, it will be automatically cancelled unless you also hold a valid work or study permit. Mexican citizens who are not eligible for an eTA will need to apply for a visitor visa.

If you already have an eTA and do not have a valid work or study permit, your eTA will be automatically cancelled. You will need to reapply for an eTA under the new rules or apply for a visitor visa depending on your eligibility.

You are eligible for a new eTA if you use a valid Mexican passport to fly to Canada, are coming for a short visit (normally up to 6 months), and have either held a Canadian visitor visa in the past 10 years or currently hold a valid United States nonimmigrant visa.

You should travel with the same passport used to apply for your eTA, carry both printed and digital copies of your eTA confirmation email, and, if applicable, your old passport containing your expired Canadian visitor visa or valid US non-immigrant visa.

If you cannot obtain a visa in time, it is recommended to delay your travel plans until your application has been finalized. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will not provide refunds for lost travel expenses.