eTA for Canada
eTA for Canada: Basic Information
In May 2016, the Canadian government has introduced an electronic travel authorization system to verify people traveling to Canada. Since then, citizens of countries exempted from the obligation to have a regular visa from the embassy must apply for electronic authorization, i.e. eTA, before traveling to Canada.
All you need to do is fill in the online application form and pay the fee required. An electronic eTA visa costs 49 Euro, and the processing time is a maximum of 72 hours; however, most applications are approved within a few minutes.
Types of eTA
There is only one type of electronic visa (eTA). This visa is issued for tourist and business purposes, so you can use it for holidays, visiting friends or relatives, or a business meeting. Moreover, in the case of transit it is necessary to apply for eTA.
Note: You are not allowed to work in Canada on ETA’s basis. In this case you are required to visit the embassy and apply for an employee visa.
List of eligible countries
Citizens from the countries listed below must apply for an eTA in order to travel to Canada:
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- Korea, South
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- San Marino
- Solomon Islands
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom**
- Vatican City (Holy See)
* Brazilian nationals are eligible for an eTA if they meet one of the following conditions:
– They are a US Permanent Resident (Green Card holder)
– They have held a Canadian visa at any point within the 10 years preceding their current visit to Canada
– They currently hold a US non-immigrant visa
** Applies to all British nationals, including those who derive their citizenship through birth, descent, naturalization or registration in one of the British overseas territories of:Anguilla
British Virgin Islands
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)Gibraltar
Turks and Caicos Islands
Other foreign nationals who need an eTA in order to travel to Canada:
– All lawful permanent residents of the United States in possession of a valid alien registration card (Green Card)
– Holders of passports issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan, which include the personal identification number of the individual. Please note: all Taiwanese nationals who hold passports which do not include their personal identification number need a standard embassy visa in order to visit Canada
– Holder of a passport issued by the United Kingdom with entered nationality as British National (Overseas), as a person born, naturalized or registered in Hong Kong
– Holders of passports issued by the United Kingdom with nationality listed as British Subject, and which confirm the holder’s right of abode in the United Kingdom
Nationals of all eligible countries listed above do not need an eTA if entering Canada by land or sea.
NOTE: A biometric passport is required to enter Canada at every port of entry, including land and sea.
If your country of citizenship is not listed, it is necessary to apply for a standard embassy visa in order to visit Canada.
Nationals of the following countries are exempt from the need to carry an eTA:
– Canadian citizens or dual Canadian citizens
– Permanent residents of Canada
– US citizens
An eTA is not needed in order to enter Canada by land or sea.
eTA to Canada Application Form
To complete the application for an electronic travel authorization document, it is necessary to provide passport details and an email address. Attaching a copy of the passport is not required, so it is important to enter your details correctly when submitting the application. After completing the data in the form, you will receive an electronic confirmation of submission of an eTA application with information about the time needed to issue the document. This usually takes a maximum of 72 hours, but in most cases eTA is being issued within 15-30 minutes. However, the processing time may be extended depending on the decision of the Canadian immigration office.
The authorized eTA will be automatically and electronically assigned to your passport, so there is no need to print the eTA document. You will be asked to show a passport to which eTA is asigned before boarding.
To complete the application,please use the panel on the left. Select the type of travel: Tourism and / or Business, and enter your citizenship. Next, Click "Apply online" and fill out the form.
eTA Validity Period
eTA is valid for 5 years from the moment of authorizing the document or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. This means that multiple entries to Canada are possible during eTA validity, but the length of each stay cannot exceed 6 months. It is not possible to extend your stay in Canada.
Remember to keep your passport valid for the entire duration of your intended stay. If the passport expires or is changed, it is mandatory to submit a new eTA application
eTA Transit Information
Also for transit via Canada, you are required to apply for eTA. You cannot enter Canada without electronic authorization.
If your nationality is not eligible for eTA, you must go to the embassy to get a regular visa.
Requirements on Arrival
All you need t do to enter Canada is to have a valid passport with an electronically assigned eTA document. At the airport you will be asked to show a passport. Tere is no need to print it.
Note: eTA is mandatory only when crossing the border by air. For land or sea travel, eTA is not needed - this only applies to nationalities covered by the visa waiver program
To apply for electronic authorization to travel to Canada, you only need to provide passport details, no additional documents are needed. It is important that your passport is valid for the entire intended stay in Canada.
Please keep in mind that every person, regardless of age, holding a passport of the country enabling them to apply for eTA has to submit an application when travelling to Canada by plane.
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Learn more about tourism in Canada
Canada is the 2nd largest country in the world. The diversity of this country is what makes it so attractive to visitors. The historical landmarks in architecture can be spotted all over this vast country. But apart from monuments and other remarkable constructions, the nation can take pride in their natural sights. This country has access to the Hudson Bay, North Pacific Ocean, and has grand national parks with untouched fauna and flora. Canadians are best known for their passion for winter sports. For ice hockey enthusiasts, to visit Canada and attend one of the most legendary NHL matches, can be considered as a pilgrimage to Mekka for the Muslims.
And while at wintersports subject- what is a better place to plan a skiing vacation than the breathtaking Rocky Mountains of Canada. This is one of the few places in the world which allows you to combine your favorite winter activities with a one of a lifetime experience of admiring a polar bear. While you are in the mountains, you will also get the chance to spot the beauty of northern lights during the evening. But Canada is not only a winter wonderland. There are plenty of activities you can plan on doing during the summer vacation. No matter if you are going to choose a small village in the mountains or a huge city like Toronto, you are going to feel safe. Canada is considered to be the safest country in Northern America.
5 activities not to miss while staying in Canada
- 1. You have to visit Vancouver.
There are plenty of cities that deserve being recognized in Canada. Places such as Toronto - the largest city in the country, Ottawa- its beautiful capital, are for sure worth visiting if you will have enough time. If you have to choose just one, you should unquestionably choose Vancouver over the others. The atmosphere of this city brings all the best features of Canada together. The vast forests and parks, untouched fauna and flora, remarkable shores of the Pacific Ocean, and modern constructions. For one of the most breathtaking sights of nature, you should surely consider visiting the Vancouver Suspension Bridge. To avoid crowds, plan your visit for the early morning. If the culinary experience is as essential as the adventurous part of your stay, Vancouver will not disappoint you as well. In Grandville Market, you will find trails of almost every cuisine in the world, starting with sushi, excellent chocolate goods, and pizza.
If you are concerned about the weather while planning your trip to Vancouver, and all you wish for is a warm summer, you should plan your trip from May until the middle of September.
- 2. Consider having the most exceptional road trip of your life
Canada is one of the enormous countries in the world. Entire country has been linked by a network of the roads allowing tourists and the locals for a fast and convenient commute. Those who wish to experience the authentic Canadian experience during their vacation know that visiting the country's capital will not be enough.
Plenty of companies have been created to enable visitors an affordable vehicle rental. And it is not only just about renting or selling cars. Canadians came up with a fantastic idea of renovation vehicles into fully furnished houses on the wheels. This way, you do not need to worry about booking your accommodation in advance. You get to enjoy the beauty of the glaciers, mountains, North Pacific Ocean, and endless forests without having to think about hotel reservations.
- 3. The Canadian Rockies
If there is any natural landmark of Canada that would be easily recognized by people from all over the world, it has to be the Rockies. This mountain range is a true wonderland during the winter. Those who consider themselves professionals when it comes to the winter sports will be in a real heaven. The most challenging paths are waiting to be discovered. The skiing and skateboarding beginners have not been excluded. In the area of those breathtaking mountains, plenty of ski schools can be found.
Those who are looking for a more tranquil vacation with the same breathtaking views, the luxurious resorts will be a perfect solution. This way, you can enjoy the beauty of nature while sitting in a hot tub with a selected beverage. In such a case, it doesn't matter if you will visit during summer or winter.
If you are considering visiting Canada during the summer, you should also consider visiting this mountain path. The Rockies are a perfect place for hours of wandering. If you are lucky, maybe you will be able to spot some rare animal species.
- 4. Food markets
Throughout the years, plenty of people have decided to move from their homelands to Canada. The diversity of nations living in cities of this country has caused the development of areas such as Little Italy or China Town. The best way to cultivate the culture of your land while you are abroad is probably through the kitchen. Plenty of immigrants realized this fact years ago. Those who have come to Canada years ago now have decided to open a restaurant or a food track. The diversity of different flavors of worldwide cuisines is available to all visitors and locals of cities such as Ottawa, Vancouver, or Toronto.
- 5. Summer activities that you might not have thought of
If you have ever heard about the Canadians, as a nation, you most likely have listened to the opinion that they are incredibly friendly and adventurous. Especially their 2nd feature is deciding on the fact that they have developed a huge passion for sports. Apart from their national competition, which is obviously ice hockey, they should also be recognized for summer activities they tend to do. While you are in Canada, you should unquestionably try to learn paddle boarding on the peaceful waters of the North Pacific Ocean. This sport, while treated as a recreational activity, doesn't require much stamina, but is undoubtedly extremely rewarding. If you've been hoping to try something more extreme, you should try river rafting while you will be in Ottawa. This activity will, for sure, give you this desired rush of adrenaline.
Apart from summer sports, there is also one activity that had to be mentioned on this list. Canada is one of the few vacation destinations that will allow you to experience whale watching. You have to see those magnificent creatures while you stay in Canada.
Three easy steps to get your eTA
- Apply online
- Fill out remaining required information and make online payment
- Check your email