Electronic Travel Authorization
What is an ETA?
An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is a new entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals flying to or transiting through Canada.
Only travelers from countries who do not require a visa to visit Canada are required to get an eTA, and only if they are travelling to Canada by air. If you’re from a visa-exempt country visiting Canada by land, you do not need an eTA.
If you a citizen of any of the below countries, you will need an eTA:
|Belgium||Israel, must have a national Israeli passport|
|British citizen||British national (overseas|
|British overseas citizen (re-admissible to the United Kingdom)||Italy|
|Republic of Korea||Japan|
|British overseas territory citizen with citizenship through birth, descent, naturalization or registration in one of the British overseas territories of:||Republic of Korea|
|British Virgin Islands||Monaco|
|Falkland Islands (Malvinas||New Zealand|
|Montserrat||Papua New Guinea|
|Turks and Caicos Islands||Romania|
|British Subject with a right of abode in the United Kingdom||Samoa|
|Estonia||United Arab Emirates|
|France||Vatican City State|
The following individuals do not require or do not qualify for an eTA:
- Visa-exempt individuals entering Canada by land or sea;
- Canadian citizens and permanent residents;
- US citizens
- Foreign nationals with a valid Canadian status document (e.g. workers, students, or visitors) who re-enter Canada after visiting the US or St. Pierre and Miquelon;
- Foreign nationals with a valid Canadian temporary resident visa (TRV) or temporary resident permit (TRP)
If accepted, an eTA is electronically attached to an individual’s passport and is usually valid for five years or the duration of their passport, whatever is before.
Airlines do not allow a foreign national to check in or board their flight to Canada until they have a valid eTA, if needed. Generally, applications for an eTA are processed electronically. Some applications can take few weeks to process.
If an individual has applied for a temporary status document (e.g. a work permit or a study permit) at a Canadian visa office abroad or an extension of their temporary status document from within Canada, an eTA must be issued with their status document
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