Frequently Asked Questions
about Canada eTA

eTA Canada is an electronic travel authorization that allows entry into Canada, featuring a simple and fast online application process.

Below, you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding Canadian Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

What is the eTA for Canada?


eTA Canada (Electronic Travel Authorization) is a travel permit issued to nationals of eligible countries who are exempt from visa requirements to enter Canada by air. The approved eTA Canada is digitally linked with a traveler's passport and entitles them to numerous entries to Canada.

Do U.S. citizens need an eTA for Canada?


No. As a U.S. citizen, you are exempt from the Canada eTA requirement. However, you are required to carry a valid U.S. passport to prove your identification. As a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., you do not need to hold an eTA for Canada either.

How long does it take for eTA Canada to be approved?


The eTA application process can be completed within minutes. Applicants can receive the eTA Canada confirmation even within minutes. However, every application is different, and plenty of factors may extend the processing time, such as your nationality and the correctness of your application form.

Can I travel to Canada without an eTA?


There is no option to receive the eTA Canada on arrival at the airport. That is why all eligible applicants must obtain an eTA prior to the planned trip to ensure smooth entry to Canada. Otherwise, they may even be refused entry to the country.

What requirements do I need to meet to apply for eTA Canada?


Only one document is needed to apply for eta Canada, i.e., a valid passport. Also, make sure you have access to a working electronic device, an active email address, and a valid means of online payment. A stable Internet connection will also be essential to complete the eTA application successfully.

What is the validity of the Canadian eTA?


eTA Canada is issued for 5 years, and its validity starts on the date of its approval. Its holder is entitled to numerous entries to Canada, while every single stay in the country can be as long as 6 months. It is essential that if your passport expires, the eTA Canada will automatically become invalid, too.

What is the difference between an eTA and a visa for Canada?


eTA Canada can be granted to nationals of around 50 different countries who are exempt from the requirement to apply for a regular visa for Canada. The Canadian eTA is obtainable online, and its confirmation is emailed to the applicant. A visa for Canada is necessary if an applicant does not qualify for eTA or if their travel purposes are different than tourism, business, or transit.

How do I find out if I have an eTA for Canada?


If you are unsure if you are eligible for the Canada Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), you can consult the 'List of eligible countries'. If your country is not listed as eligible, an application for a regular Canadian visa at the embassy or consulate will be necessary.