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What is an eTA?

An eTA is a travel authorization that is electronically linked to your passport.

How do I apply for an eTA?

Citizens from eligible countries can apply for an eTA online! Technology has made things so easy – simply apply through our online form and you’ll receive your results anywhere from within a few minutes to up to 3 business days. No long lines, no waiting around at the embassy, no papers to print.

What are the processing times for an eTA?

If all your information is correctly submitted, the processing time for an eTA can be anywhere from a few minutes to up to 3 business days. However, sometimes the Canadian government can request additional information, which can delay processing significantly and may affect your travel dates.

This is why we highly recommend applying for your eTA well in advance before your flight to Canada.

Am I exempt from an eTA?

Only US Citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa are exempt from applying for an eTA.

Do I need an eTA if I am driving into Canada?

If you are a US citizen and you are driving into Canada from the US states, then no, you do not need an eTA.

Visa-exempt foreign nationals do not need an eTA when arriving by land (via car, bus and train) or sea (cruise ship or boat).

What are the basic requirements for an eTA?

You must:

  • Be outside of Canada when you submit your application and when it is granted
  • Not have any criminal convictions
  • Meet the basic health requirements
  • Have a valid email address
  • Have a valid credit or debit card
  • Be a citizen and hold a valid passport from any of the following eTA eligible countries:
  • Andorra
  • Anguilla
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chile
  • China (Holder of a passport issued by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China)
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Falkland Islands
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Vatican City State
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel – not holders of valid Israeli “Travel Document in lieu of National Passport”
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Montserrat
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Pitcairn Island
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania (Holder of a valid electronic passport)
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Saint Helena
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • UK – British Overseas Territory
  • UK – British National Overseas
  • UK – British Overseas Citizen
  • UK – British Citizen
  • US Green Card Holder
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Turks and Caicos
  • Taiwan (Holder of an ordinary passport issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan that includes the personal identification number of the individual. Note: Taiwanese citizens who hold a passport issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan that does not include their personal identification number need a visa to come to Canada)

Can I apply for an eTA on behalf of someone else?

Yes! Provided you have all of their information and their consent.

Why is there a delay with my application?

Sometimes the Government of Canada might request additional documentation for review before your eTA application can be approved.

This request may delay your application processing by several days.

How and when do I get a reply?

You will receive an email when a decision is made regarding your application. Most applications are within 3 business days, but there can be delays during peak periods and/or if additional information has been requested.

How do I check the status of my eTA? How can I check if my eTA is still valid?

If you applied for your eTA with Travel Visa Canada, you can login to your secure account and check the status and validity period of your current eTA.

I have a criminal conviction – can I still apply for an eTA?

You may still apply for an eTA but it will be subject to further process and scrutiny to assess your admissibility depending on the severity of your criminal record.

If you are unsure, it is recommended that you speak with a migration consultant first before starting your application.

I have a medical condition – what can I do?

You may still apply for an eTA but you will be subject to a further process to assess your medical admissibility depending on the severity of your condition.

If you are unsure, it is recommended that you speak with a migration consultant first before starting your application.

I just renewed my passport – but my eTA is still valid – does it carry over?

If you renewed your passport, you will need to apply for a new eTA.

My eTA is about to expire – how do I renew it?

Simply apply for a new eTA online – the same way you applied the first time!

Ensure that your passport will still be valid for the duration of your intended visit.

My application was refused – now what?

Talk to a migration consultant to find out why it was refused and how you can re-apply.

Do I need to print anything?

No, as your eTA is electronically linked to your passport. However, it is recommended that you print the confirmation receipt for your own records and for peace of mind.

Do I need a visa if I am just transiting through Canada?

Yes. Even if you are only passing through the airport, you will need either an eTA or a visitor or transit visa.

However, there are some transit visa programs available to some nationalities which enable you to transit through Canada without an eTA. It is recommended you get in touch with a migration consultant to find the right solution for your situation.

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