We answer any questions or curiosities related to Canada eTA Visa.
|Q||What is an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)?|
|A||eTA is a new entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air. It will allow Canada to screen travellers before they arrive. The authorization is electronically linked to your passport and is valid for five years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.|
|Q||Why would I apply for an eTA before I need it to enter Canada? Why wouldn’t I just wait until November 9, 2016?|
|A||Travellers who get an eTA early will have the benefit of knowing that they have been pre-screened to travel to Canada, streamlining their entry into the country. Any issues resulting from your application can be dealt with before your trip, rather than when you arrive in Canada.|
|Q||Can I fly to Canada without a valid eTA after November 9, 2016?|
|A||No. You must have a valid eTA starting November 9, 2016 to fly to Canada.|
|Q||Are there any age exemptions for eTA?|
|A||No. All eTA-required travellers, regardless of their age, will need an eTA when they fly to Canada.|
|Q||When will citizens from Brazil, Bulgaria, Mexico and Romania be able to apply for an eTA?|
Soon after March 2016, citizens from Brazil, Bulgaria, Mexico and Romania may be eligible to apply for an eTA when travelling to Canada by air.
To be eligible for an eTA, these travellers will need to show that they have held a Canadian visa in the last 10 years or hold a valid U.S. non-immigration visa. In the meantime, these travellers need a valid visa to enter Canada.
|Q||How do I apply for an eTA for travel to Canada?|
Applying for an eTA is a simple online process that takes just a few minutes. You will need your passport, a credit card (Visa or Mastercard), and email address.
It will be valid for up to five years.
|Q||What type of information do I need to complete an eTA application?|
You will need to provide the biographic information from your passport. This includes your name, date and place of birth, gender, marital status, address, nationality and passport number. You will also need to answer a few simple background questions to determine if you can come to Canada.
For example, you will be asked about your current job and how much money you have available for your visit to Canada, and if you have any medical issues.
|Q||Do I have to apply for an eTA each time I travel to Canada?|
|A||No. Once approved, your eTA is valid for five years or until your passport expires – whichever comes first. You can come to Canada as many times as you wish as long as your eTA remains valid.|
|Q||Do I need to apply for an eTA before I book my airline ticket?|
|A||We recommend that you submit your eTA application before you buy your airline ticket. This way, if you encounter any difficulties when you apply, you can resolve any issues before you book your flight. In most cases, the eTA will be issued in minutes, which will not delay your flight booking. However, some requests may need more time to process.|
|Q||Can more than one person, including dependents, be included in an eTA application?|
|A||No. Each person must submit a separate eTA application. If your child or children appear on your passport, a separate eTA application must be submitted for each child.|
|Q||What options are available to pay the eTA application fee?|
|A||Visa, Mastercard, including prepaid Visa, Mastercard, are the accepted forms of payment.|
|Q||What if I arrive at the airport without an eTA when it becomes mandatory? How will I be able to get an eTA at the last minute?|
Last-minute applications can be made on any device with an internet connection, including mobile phones. Applying for an eTA is a simple online process.
Most applicants can expect to get an email response within minutes of applying.
You should get your eTA as soon as you begin to plan your trip to visit Canada once it is mandatory in March 2016.