What is the purpose of an AVE for Canada? An AVE is generally considered a tourist travel document. Can it be used for other purposes? If you want to enter Canada for transit, business or other reasons, you have come to the right door. In this article, we will discuss how you can use your AVE once you have crossed the Canadian border. For more information, you can visit the AVE requirements page.


Can you use an AVE for Canada for transit purposes? The answer is yes. In fact, if you are a national of a visa-exempt country in Canada, you must have an AVE to pass through Canada. However, if you are travelling on an airplane departing or destined for the United States that is only refueling in Canada, you will not need an AVE. On the other hand, if you plan to leave the aircraft, you must have an AVE.


Most often presented as a travel authorization for tourism purposes, the AVE for Canada is the main instrument used by tourists from countries exempt from visa requirements to visit Canada. An AVE for Canada allows you to show up at the Canadian border by being almost assured of being able to enter Canadian soil.

As a tourist with an AVE, you can travel anywhere in Canada and explore the country’s cities, national parks and great outdoors. You can visit friends, see scenery and enjoy vacation in Canada.


You can use an AVE for business trips to Canada. Depending on your plans, you may need to have other documents. If you plan to stay less than six months, in addition to the usual requirements, you will have to prove that your primary source of income is outside Canada, that you do not intend to stay in the country for more than six months, and that you do not have to Project to integrate the Canadian labour market.

If you plan to stay in Canada for business purposes for more than six months, you will need to have a work visa in addition to your AVE. The AVE will not be sufficient.

Only a few exceptions exist. The transit without visa (TWV) program allows some travellers to transit through Canada without an AVE. To be eligible for the program, you must hold a valid passport issued by the United States, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia or Thailand. You also have to arrive at the airport during business hours, stay at the airport and travel with some airlines, by specific airports. For more information, you can visit the Canadian government website.


You can use your AVE for Canada for business, tourism or transit purposes. In most cases, an AVE for Canada is sufficient and necessary to transit through Canada. If you qualify for an AVE for tourism purposes, you are also eligible for this same authorization to transit through the country.

The following countries require an eTA to enter Canada

  • Andorra
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • British citizens
  • Citizens of the British Territories Overseas
  • Brunei
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech republic
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Swiss
  • Permanent Resident of the United States

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Custom step-by-step support for preparing your eTA application in full compliance.


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Application prepared by a professional agent.


24-hour assistance in case of emergency.

Appointment possible

In the event that your eTA request is declined, we can schedule an appointment at the nearest Canadian visa processing center.

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