Electronic travel authorization also called eTA is designed to help foreigners from Canada visa exempt countries get to Canada. This authorization will be attached to your passport when travelling by air.
This authorization is designed to last for only 5 years or until your passport is expired. Getting a new passport means you will be seeking a new eTA. In case you are visa required and still eligible for an eTA, but you have a valid Canadian visa, you won’t need to apply for a new eTA.
Who should Apply For an eTA
Incase you are wondering if you need an eTA or not, here are some information that will guide you.
We have four different sets of travelers that needs an eTA to get to Canada and they include:
- Individuals from Canada visa-exempt countries
- Individuals with USA lawful permanent resident
Foreigners that may be eligible for an eTA
- Foreigners originating from a visa required country.
Foreigners exempted from eTA who might need other means of identification
- Foreign citizens from united states of America
Travelers Who Cannot Apply for an eTA and Need to Carry Other Identification:
- Canada citizens which also includes those with dual citizenship
- Those with Canada permanent resident. Must have a Canada permanent resident card or travel document.
How to Apply for Electronic Travel Authorization
The application for electronic travel authorization is very simply and involves an online process. This process takes only few minutes to complete. Most foreign applicants have completed this in few minutes and have gotten their approvals in minutes. But in some cases and due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it might take days. Additionally, there might be more delays if there are failures to provide additional supporting documents that are required. The cost for electronic travel authorization processing goes for $7 CAD. Interested individuals are expected to follow the requirements needed for the application and approval.