eTA Canada Application
The eTA Canada is a multiple-entry Electronic Travel Authorization that is obligatory to have for citizens of 54 visa-exempt countries. eTA is available entirely online by following a quick 3-step application process and once issued, allows its holders to stay in Canada for up to six months at a time.
The approved eVisa for Canada reaches each applicant via email as a PDF file and links directly to the traveler's passport, totally eliminating the need for any physical paperwork.
Completing the online application process is extremely quick, while submitted applications are approved within no more than 72 hours, and some even after a few moments!
All that travelers need to apply for the Canadian eTA is a passport with a validity of no less than 6 months, an active email address, connection to the internet, and access to any online payment method.
Apply online with your valid passport on hand and provide essential information about your upcoming trip, as well as some personal details. Next, double-check the given data, cover the issuing fee, and submit your eTA application form.
This will initiate the processing of your application by the Canadian Government and let you enter Canada within 3 days from this point on!
Who needs to apply for the Canadian eTA?
To find out whether or not you will need an eTA Canada, answer these questions:
- Are you planning to visit Canada by air?
- Is your country exempt from the regular Canadian visa requirement?
If you have answered yes to these questions, you will need to apply for an eTA 3 business days ahead of the planned departure.
It’s worth noting that underage and dependent travelers also need an eTA. In such a case, the responsibility for filling the application form relies on the children’s parent/legal guardian or the caretaker of the dependent adult.
Countries eligible for eTA:
|Papua New Guinea
|United Arab Emirates
|Vatican City (Holy See)
How can I use the approved eTA?
Once you have submitted your eTA Canada application and it has been successfully approved, you can use it for numerous visits to Canada since eTA is a multiple-entry electronic visa.
Each stay can be up to six months long and relate to leisure, business, or transit.
- go on vacation
- explore Canada
- reunite with your friends and family
- attend business meetings, conferences, seminars, and trade fairs
- deal with any business matters in Canada
- take a layover while transiting to an onward destination
Electronic Travel Authorization validity period
eTA for Canada stays valid for 5 years from the issuing date. However, for eTA to stay valid this long, it’s important for the holder's passport to not expire throughout the whole eTA validity period.
Approved Canadian eTA links directly to the traveler's passport and that is why both documents must stay valid to work together.
If your passport expires before your eTA to Canada does, your Electronic Travel Authorization will become invalid.
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
- Pitcairn Island
- Saint Helena
- Turks and Caicos Islands
More information about eTA to Canada
- Canadian eTA is issued after submitting an online application form
- eTA application can be completed using any preferred device
- Canadian eVisa stays valid for 5 years following the issuing date or until one's passport expires
- The approved document is delivered directly to the applicant's email box and from that point on, links to the traveler's passport
- eTA is required only upon visiting Canada by air; travels via any land or sea borders do not require having an issued eTA
- the maximum time of processing submitted applications is 72 hours
Canada entry requirements
Due to the ongoing pandemic, an eTA Canada is not enough to cross the Canadian border. There are additional requirements that all foreign nationals must meet to be eligible to enter Canada. Take a look at the following checklist before departing to Canada to avoid any issues upon arrival:
- Are you fully vaccinated?
- Do you have an issued eTA Canada?
- Did you complete the ArriveCAN health form?
- Have you taken a PCR test within 72 hours of arrival?
The Canadian Government has also advised the border officials to randomly select travelers for additional testing after arrival. Entry guidelines may differ for children, recovered travelers, and those arriving by boat.