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1. Submit application

2. Pay fee

3. Receive your visa

1. Fill application
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You will need your passport for this step.
#2 Make the payment
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Payments accepted by credit and debit cards.
#3 Receive your visa
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Your eTA visa would be delivered to you by email.

What is ETA Canada?

In order to get to Canada as a foreign national, you have to prepare some papers. Of course, the travel formalities depend on the country the traveler is coming from. For instance, some foreign nationals need a Canadian visa while others don’t need such visa. Obviously, every foreign national need a valid passport to enter this country. In some cases, the Starting from 2016, the Government of Canada has introduced a new entry requirement for every foreign citizen that comes from the so-called visa-exempt countries. Keep in mind that this requirement applies only to those flying to Canada or transiting through this country. This requirement is known as Electronic Travel Authorization or ETA.

The reason why this authorization is called electronic is the fact that it is electronically linked to the passports of foreign nationals who want to fly to Canada. The same goes for those who want to transit through this country. This authorization lasts for five years.

ETA authorization is mandatory for nationals of the European Union, the United Kingdom, and the members of the British Commonwealth as well as for few other countries.

Find out if you need an eTA or a visa to travel to Canada

Since August 2015, visa-relieved foreign nationals who enter or pass through Canada need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) except the U.S citizens or travellers with valid visa.

Countries and territories whose citizens need an eTA to travel to Canada

Since August 2015, foreign nationals from the below list of countries need an eTA except of visa before entering Canada either via land or by air.

  •   Andorra
  •   Anguilla
  •   Antigua and Barbuda
  •   Australia
  •   Austria
  •   Bahamas
  •   Barbados
  •   Belgium
  •   Bermuda
  •   British Virgin Islands
  •   Brunei
  •   Cayman Islands
  •   Chile
  •   Croatia
  •   Cyprus
  •   Czech Republic
  •   Denmark
  •   Estonia
  •   Falkland Islands
  •   Finland
  •   France
  •   Germany
  •   Gibraltar>
  •   Greece
  •   Holy See
  •   Hong Kong
  •   Hungary
  •   Iceland
  •   Ireland
  •   Israel
  •   Ital
  •   Japa
  •   Korea (Republic of)
  •   Latvia
  •   Liechtenstein
  •   Lithuania
  •   Luxembourg
  •   Malta/li>
  •   Mexico
  •   Monaco
  •   Montserrat
  •   Netherlands
  •   New Zealand
  •   Norway
  •   Papua New Guinea
  •   Pitcairn
  •   Poland
  •   Portugal
  •   St. Helena
  •   Samoa
  •   San Marino
  •   Singapore
  •   Slovakia
  •   Slovenia
  •   Solomon Islands
  •   Spain
  •   Sweden
  •   Switzerland
  •   Taiwan
  •   United Kingdom

Countries and territories whose citizens need a visa to travel to Canada

Note : Alien's passport holders and Stateless individuals don't need Eta but a visa to visit or pass through Canada.

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Angola
Argentina
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Belarus
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burma (Myanmar)
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon, Republic of
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
China, People's Republic of
Colombia
Comoros
Congo, Democratic Republic of
Congo, Republic of
Costa Rica, Republic of
Cuba
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
East Timor
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Fiji
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Ghana
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Israel
Ivory Coast
Jamaica
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Korea, North
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Macao Special Administrative Region
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives Islands
Mali
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia, Fed. States
Moldova
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Oman
Pakistan
Palau
Palestinian Authority
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Qatar
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
Sao Tomé e Principe
Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Africa
South Sudan
Sri Lanka
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent and the Grenadines (St. Vincent)
Sudan
Surinam
Swaziland
Syria
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Vietnam
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Other foreign nationals who need an eTA to travel to Canada

Since August 2015, according to new policies foreign nationals who fulfil any of the following conditions need an eTA before visiting or passing through Canada:
  • Permanent lawful residents of U.S.
  • Passport holder or travel document issued by the Holy See.
  • National Israeli Passport Holder.
  • Passport holder of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China.
  • British National (Overseas) Passport holder of United Kingdom, as a person born, naturalized or registered in Hong Kong.
  • British subject with United Kingdom passport with the right to abode in United Kingdom.
  • Passport holder issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan including a person's personal identification number. Note: Taiwanese passport without an identification number isn't legit for eTA and the person requires a visa to enter Canada .

eTA Exemptions

Foreign nationals falling under any of the following situations/conditions are exempted from the eTA requirement:
  • US nationals.
  • Canadian Queen or any Royal family member.
  • French citizens' residents of St. Pierre or Miquelon who enter Canada directly from St. Pierre or Miquelon.
  • Workers, students or visitors, who want to re-enter Canada within the pre authorized period or extension after solely visiting US or St. Pierre or Miquelon.
  • Passengers on a flight stopping in Canada solely for refuelling
    • Have complete and proper documents to enter US or their flight's destination is that country
    • Were legally in US and their flight took off from that country.
  • Passengers of a flight that is forced to make an unscheduled stop in Canadian territory due to some emergency.
  • Foreigners wanting to pass through Canada under the Transit without Visa or China Transit Program.
  • Properly accredited passports acquiring diplomatic, consular or official acceptance issued by the Chief of Protocol for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade on behalf of the Government of Canada. Accredited diplomats, consular officers, representatives or Country officials of other countries, of UN or any other UN agencies, or of some international organization of which Canada is a respected member.
  • Foreigners entering Canada and staying in Canada solely:
    • As a crew member of some transportation means by air or to become a crew member of such means
    • As a crew member of some transportation means by air or to become a crew member of such means.
  • Foreigners entering or staying in Canada to carry out the official activities and duties under Visiting Forces unless they were designated as civilian components of armed forces under the same act.
  • Foreigners entering or staying in Canada solely for the inspections of the flight operation procedure, cabin safety of commercial air carrier operating international flights only if they have all the necessary valid documents and are civil inspector of some national aeronautical authority.
  • Foreigners entering or staying in Canada solely to perform their part as some accredited representative or as an advisor to some aviation accident/incident investigation being conducted under the Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board Act with proper documents to the effect.

Why did this change happen?

What made the Canadian government to introduce this change? The government of this country has decided to use ETA in order to customize the screening process making it simpler for travelers that don’t belong to the high-risk categories to enter Canada by air. It is good to know that about ¾ of foreign nationals that enter Canada every year come from visa-exempt countries where ETA is mandatory.

Do children need ETA?

Yes. The authorities have made ETA authorization mandatory for children too. In fact, children regardless of their age must have the same travel documents as their parents or legal guardians – passport, ETA, visas etc. Don’t forget that the border officers may ask additional questions and ask for other papers in case the child is traveling alone.

A few other things that everyone should know about ETA for Canada

A travel advice related to ETA for Canada would be incomplete without mentioning that Electronic Travel Authorization can be obtained online. This makes the entire process a lot easier for every traveler. There are many websites found online that provide processing of ETA visas. The category of people that will find such services extremely useful is families with children who want to go to Canada together. As previously mentioned, every family member regardless of their age must get an ETA visa if they want to enter Canada by air. In order to obtain ETA for Canada over the Internet, you need a valid credit/debit card and a passport. The results of the application process are visible almost right away. You will also get a reference number to get more info on an ETA.

It’s also good to know that travelers that have valid Canadian visas or permanent resident cards don’t need an ETA. Hopefully, this article has answered all your questions related to ETA for Canada.