Apply For An Electronic Travel Authorization (eta)

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This is an online process which is very easy and quick. Several applicants receive their ETA approval in a few minutes. Some applications, however take many days to be confirmed if supporting documents are required. It is advisable to acquire an ETA before booking a Canadian flight.

An Electronic Travel Authorization

  • is necessary for those travelling from the visa-exempt countries to or passing through Canada,
  • can remain valid for as long as five years or till when the passport you used in applying for it expires,
  • gives you the opportunity of traveling several times to Canada, and staying there for over six months (you will be told how long to stay by the border officer).

Requirements for completing your eTA form and making payments

  • a legal passport issued by a visa-exempt country
    • for an eTA with any lawful permanent US resident who does not have a passport can request
      • a legal pass to enter the US again(1-371)
      • a legal US Refugee Travel Document (1-571)
  • an active email address, AND
  • to pay the non-refundable $7 CAD fee, these methods can be used to make payments:
    • master card®, visa®, American express®,
    • an American express®, pre-paid visa®,  or a master card®,
    • JCB card,
    • Visa debit, or
    • interac

Vital reminders

  • An eTA will not be issued to a:
    • Citizen if Canada, dual Canadian citizens included- ensure that the Canadian passport you are travelling with is valid
    • Permanent dwellers in Canada, or
    • Citizens of the United States (if a lawful US permanent resident is travelling by air, he needs an eTA).
  • An eTA cannot be applied for using a:
    • Refugee travel document
    • Travel document which is given to foreigners or the passport of an alien
    • Organization of American States(OAS) document, or
    • UN Laissez-Passer.
  • A family with three members will have to fill and return the form thrice as you are only allowed to apply and make payments for one individual at a time.
  • Also, endeavour to print your receipt on the go as you won’t be to do so later
  • Means of information will only be emails. See your junk folder
  • Be sure to have everything in place before proceeding with the registration as your information will not be saved.


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