Are you travelling to Canada for business or pleasure? Lucky you! But before you pack your bags and board the plane, there’s a Canadian travel requirement you should be aware of. As of March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals flying to or through Canada, including those who hold a work permit but are visa-exempt, are required to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).
Here is some helpful information about Canada’s eTA!
What is an eTA?
The purpose of Canada’s eTA is to screen passengers before they arrive in the country. The eTA is connected electronically to each traveller’s passport, and it is valid for up to five years, or until the passport expires (whichever comes first).
Who needs to apply for an eTA?
All visa-exempt foreign nationals, including those travelling on a work permit or study permit are expected to have an eTA. There are a few exceptions, which include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens and permanent resident holders are not eligible. One easy way to find out whether or not you need one is to visit Immigration and Citizenship and use the “Find out if you need an eTA or a visitor visa” search tool.
How to apply for an eTA
Applying for Canada’s eTA is relatively simple! To complete the online form, you will need:
- a valid passport from a visa-exempted country,
- a credit card (in order to pay the $7 CAD fee), and
- a valid email address.
When you have those items ready, simply apply online here. After you apply, your eTA will be electronically linked to your passport. If you forget to apply for your eTA before you arrive at the airport, you’re in luck. The process is so simple and fast that last-minute applications can be made from any internet connection, including mobile phones. That means you can apply right from the airport.
If you would like more information, visit the Canada Immigration and Citizenship eTA webpage.