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Canada eTA Visa Waiver

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Canada eTA Information

Canada introduced the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) in 2015, allowing eligible citizens to visit Canada by completing a simple online form before traveling.

The eTA allows multiple entries for tourism, business, or transit for a maximum stay of 6 months each time.

You need to apply for an eTA to visit Canada if you are from one of the visa-exempt countries (eligible countries for an eTA) and you are arriving by air or transiting through a Canadian airport.

It is valid for 5 years or until the associated passport expiration date, whichever comes first.

The Canada eTA online application form is straightforward and simple to complete.

Applicants will need to provide personal details, passport information, and contact details. Applicants will also need to answer a few simple questions about their background, including medical history.

Once the eTA is approved, it is electronically linked to the traveler’s passport.

If you already have a valid consulate visa to Canada, you do not need to apply for an eTA.

Travelers that wish to travel to Canada for other purposes, such as to study or work should contact the nearest Canada Embassy or Consulate for further information.

Highlights
Multiple entry travel authorization
Stay for 6 months with each entry
Valid for 5 years from the date of issue
For tourism, transit, or business purposes
Available to visa-exempt nationalities
What is Necessary?

Valid passport

Valid debit/credit card details

Current email address

Canada eTA Visa Requirements

To apply for an eTA Canada, applicants are required to have a:

  • Passport from an eTA eligible country
  • Valid current email address to receive the eTA
  • Credit or debit card to pay the Canada eTA fee

In a few cases, additional documents will be required to be provided to the government of Canada to continue with the eTA Canada Tourist visa online application.

It is essential to enter Canada with the same passport or travel document used during the application, as the approved eTA is linked to the traveler’s passport.

Countries Eligible for Canada

Citizens from the countries listed below are eligible to apply online to enter Canada

Countries Eligible for Canada

eTA Canada Application Steps

STEP 1
Complete online application
STEP 2
Confirm Payment
STEP 3
Receive approved Visa

Complete the eTA Canada application

You can complete the Canadian eTA online application in just a few minutes by filling in basic personal data such as full name and nationality, passport details including document number and issue/expiry date, and contact information including a current email address. You also need to answer a few simple health and security questions.

Before submitting the form, you should check that all of the details provided are correct and match your passport information, in order to avoid any unnecessary processing delays.

Confirm payment for the Canada eTA

It is necessary to provide valid debit or credit card details on the secure Canada eTA application form in order to pay the required processing fee.

Entering valid card details and confirming the payment is necessary before you can submit the completed application for processing.

Receive the approved eTA for Canada

After submitting the Canada eTA application, you can expect to receive an email response confirming if the authorization has been approved within 24 hours, although processing may take up to 48 hours in some cases.

Once approved, your eTA for Canada is digitally linked to the same passport you used to complete the application, so you don’t need to print a paper copy. You can simply present your eTA-linked passport to immigration authorities in Canada upon arrival to gain entry to the country

eTA Canada Processing time
1 - 2 days
Canada government fee
6 usd
Our service fee
39 usd
TOTAL
45 usd
The total amount depens on several parameters as: additional services.
Optional services:
Health Certificate I Embassy Registration
Service fee includes
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High success rate99% application success rate
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Covid Update for Canada

Last update: 26/01/2023

You can now get your eTA and travel feely to Canada. Registering with the Arrive Canada is no longer obligatory, but can still be used to clear border control quicker by completing the Advance CBSA Declaration before traveling. Passengers traveling from China (including the Hong Kong and Macau SARs) must have a negative COVID-19 test result from within the 2 days prior to departure; OR a positive test result from 11-90 days before departure. Children under 2 are exempt. Find out the travel requirements that you must meet to visit the country by checking the visa policy of Canada.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Canada Visa FAQ

  • What is the Canada eTA?

    The Canada eTA is an Electronic Travel Authorization system introduced in 2015 that went into full effect on November 10 of 2016. The eTA is a requirement for all visa-exempt foreign citizens traveling to Canada by air. The eTA for Canada is electronically linked to the traveler’s passport.

  • How long is the Canada eTA valid for?

    The Canada eTA validity period lasts 5 years, or until the passport used to apply for the eTA expires, whichever comes first. The eTA allows multiple stays up to 6 months each time.

    As the eTA is electronically linked to the traveler’s passport, if the passport is about to expire it is recommended to renew the passport and then apply for a new eTA for Canada.

  • Who can apply for a Canada eTA?

    Citizens from all visa-exempt countries are required to apply for a Canada eTA in order to travel to Canada for tourism, business purposes, or transit to an onward destination.

  • Who is eligible for a Canada eTA?

    Applicants are able to check their eligibility for the eTA using the visa checker at the top of this page.
    The top visitors to Canada with the eTA come from the following countries:

    • United Kingdom
    • France
    • Germany
    • Australia
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Italy
    • Switzerland
    • Netherlands
    • Mexico
  • Who does not need an eTA?

    If you are traveling from the above-mentioned visa-exempt countries, you do not need an eTA if entering Canada by land or sea. You are only required to apply for eTA if traveling by air.

  • How long can I stay in Canada?

    The eTA Canada allows for stays up to 6 months. However, the exact duration of stay will be determined by a border Service Officer at the port of entry in Canada, and the date by which travelers will be required to leave Canada will be indicated on the passport.

    Travelers that wish to stay longer than the authorized stay period, may apply for an eTA extension at least 30 days before it expires.

  • What are the restrictions of Canada eTA?

    The eTA for Canada is a multiple-entry authorization available for visa-exempt passport holders for tourism, business, or transit purposes, with stays up to 6 months for each entry.

    With an approved eTA Canada visa, it is illegal to work and to exceed the authorized end of the stay without an extension.

  • Can I apply for an eTA in Canada?

    No, eligible citizens are required to complete a Canada eTA application and receive approval before traveling and entering Canada.

    When traveling to Canada, the airline staff will scan your passport to confirm the validity of the approved eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization).

  • How do I apply for a Canada eTA Online?

    Eligible citizens can complete the Canada eTA online application form to obtain the Electronic Travel Authorization. According to Canada’s visa policy, applicants are required to provide personal details, passport information, and a current email address, and pay the visa fee using a credit or debit card.

    As the eTA for Canada is electronically linked to the applicant’s passport, there is no need to print out a copy of the approved eTA. Applicants will simply need to present their passport at the Canadian border control upon arrival in the country.

  • What do I need to complete an application?

    In order to complete an online eTA form for Canada, you must have a passport from an eTA eligible country. Applicants also have to pay the visa fee using a credit or debit card and provide a current email address to which updates about the eTA status will be sent.

  • How long will my Canada eTA take to process?

    The Canada ETA processing time can take up to 24 hours after the application is submitted. However, in some cases, it may take up to 48 hours to receive an update on the ETA Canada approval.

    In rare cases, the applicant will need to attend an in-person interview and provide further information at the nearest Canadian visa office. In such cases, the applicant will be notified via email.

  • Do I need an Canada eTA for all my children? Should I include them on my application?

    All visa-exempt passport holders, including minors, are required to have an Electronic Travel Authorization for Canada. This also applies to children included in their parents’ passports. An separate eTA application must be submitted for each passenger.

    Parents or guardians may complete the Canada eTA application on behalf of their dependents.

    When completing an application for a child, it is necessary to provide information regarding the minor’s Legal Guardian.

  • What can I do if I make a mistake in my application?

    It is essential to double-check all the information provided on the eTA Canada application form before submitting it. If the details on the eTA visa waiver do not match the passport used during the application, it may result in delays when boarding the aircraft or be refused entry into Canada.

    In the event of having made a mistake on the application, applicants are required to complete and submit a new eTA application form.

  • How much does the Canada eTA cost?

    he Canada eTA application fee includes a government charge and a service fee. The service fee covers all information, support, and any assistance needed in completing the eTA form.

  • Is the Canada eTA valid for multiple entries?

    The eTA Canada online visa allows multiple entries with a maximum stay of up to 6 months each time. The validity of the eTA Canada is 5 years, or until the associated passport expires, whichever comes first.

  • Once granted, can I cancel my eTA for Canada?

    Once the eTA Canada is granted, applicants cannot cancel their Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). The applicant will continue to hold an approved eTA.

  • Do I need travel or health insurance to be granted a Canada eTA?

    No, proof of travel or health insurance is not a mandatory requirement for the Canada eTA to be approved. However, visitors are advised to have travel health insurance to cover the duration of their stay in Canada in case medical treatment is required during the trip.

  • How can I check or verify the status of my application?

    Applicants can process a validity check of their eTA Canada application status using OnlineVisa Manager if they have applied through this site. For the check visa process, applicants will be required to provide their application number, passport number, country of issue, issue date and expiry date to check the eTA status.

    Travelers will also receive updates on the status of their Canada eTA application via email.

  • Can I extend my eTA visa while in Canada?

    Yes, it is possible to extend a Canada eTA while in Canada. The extension for an eTA renewal must be made at a Canadian office, at least 30 days before the authorized period of stay ends.

  • How can I renew my eTA for Canada?

    For an Canada eTA renewal, it is necessary to complete and submit another online application.