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Do US Citizens Need Eta For Canada?

US citizens and US nationals are among the only people in the world who are not required to apply for eTA
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Good news, United States citizens: If you hold a valid US passport, there’s no need to apply for an eTA to visit Canada. The US and Canada have such a close relationship that US citizens are allowed to enter and exit Canada with just their passport.

However, there’s more important information that needs to be taken into account while planning your trip to Canada.

Read on to learn the following:

1. Who is eligible to travel to Canada without a visa?
2. How long can United States citizens stay in Canada without a visa, and what rights does visa-free travel include?
3. I can’t apply for an eTA to Canada – but what countries do offer electronic travel permissions to US citizens?
4. How can I apply for an electronic travel document?
5. Information about the application process with Evisa Express

1. Who is eligible to travel to Canada without a visa?

US citizens and US nationals are among the only people in the world who are not required to apply for any sort of Canadian travel permission in order to enter Canada. US citizens and nationals are also largely exempt from Canada’s biometrics collections requirements.

Canadian travel authorities reserve the right to permit or restrict entry to US citizens based on the following criteria:

  • Financial state (whether the traveler can support themselves through their stay)
  • Connections to the United States (that will bring the traveler home again after their trip)
  • Health of the traveler (no major infectious diseases)

Please note that, just as with entry into any other country in the world, the freedom to enter Canada is ultimately at the discretion of travel authorities at individual points of entry. Travel authorities may impose additional criteria for entry. Simply being a US citizen is not a guarantee of the right to enter.

2. How long can United States citizens stay in Canada without a visa, and what rights does visa-free travel include?

US citizens may stay in Canada for purposes of business or tourism for up to 6 months. During that time, travelers may engage in:

  • Tourism
  • Visits with family and friends
  • Business activities on behalf of the American companies for which they work

Travelers may not engage in the following activities without obtaining the proper visa:

  • Gainful employment based in Canada (for a Canadian employer, or self-employment based in Canada)
  • Education at a Canadian university or other institution of learning
  • Settlement or residency exceeding 6 months

3. I can’t apply for an eTA to Canada – but what countries do offer electronic travel permissions to US citizens?

US citizens may not need an eTA to visit Canada, but there are dozens of countries worldwide who do issue electronic travel documents (eTAs, eVisas) to US citizens. At Evisa Express, we facilitate the application process for US citizens to the following countries:

AustraliaIndiaSri Lanka
BahrainKenyaTanzania
CambodiaMyanmarVietnam
EgyptOman...with more on the way!

In most cases, completed applications are approved in 72 hours or less. That means a midweek decision to take off for parts unknown, whether for business or pleasure, can get you on an airplane by the weekend, or even earlier. That’s a far cry from the arduous process of application for the Embassy visas that used to dominate the travel experience.

4. How can I apply for an electronic travel document?

Evisa Express is here to make your eVisa application experience easy and assured. Our success rates for visa applications are over 95% for every application type that we offer. All you need to apply are the following four items:

  • A digital photo or scan of the bio-data page of your valid US passport
  • A recent, passport-style photograph
  • The basic details of your trip
  • An online payment method

Certain countries may require additional documentation. Evisa Express always provides clear instructions for each individual application, so that the process is easy to understand.

5. The Application Process with Evisa Express

Once you’ve assembled all of the required information and documents, the application can be completed in three steps:

  1. Enter your personal details and trip information into the application; upload necessary documents
  2. Enter your payment information and submit your application
  3. Wait for your application to be approved, and receive your electronic travel document by email

Our application success rate across the board is 95% or higher, and waiting times most often do not exceed 72 hours. Our team of eVisa experts is on hand 24/7 to address any questions or concerns. Evisa Express is opening the world to US travelers.

Though you won’t need an eTA for your trip to Canada, perhaps you’ll soon be ready to take a trip further abroad. When then happens, we’ll be here for all your eVisa needs. Evisa Express: You take care of your trip; we take care of your visa.
 

Bogdan T
12 March 2020
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