Everything about Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) Canada

Everything about Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) Canada

Manmeet Kaur Manmeet Kaur
[Published 20 Jan, 2024 | 03:51 PM]
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An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is a travel document issued to immigrants coming to Canada from visa-exempt countries.

Only immigrants from visa-exempt countries going through Canada immigration 2024 - by air require an eTA. Those visiting Canada by land, do not need to apply for an eTA. Also, immigrants who hold a Canadian visa, Canada PR visa, or Canadian Citizenship do not need an eTA travel document to enter Canada.

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Who can apply for an eTA in Canada?

You would need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) if you’re a visa-exempt immigrant flying to or have a layover through a Canadian airport. You do not need an eTA (or a visitor visa to Canada) - if you’re traveling by land.

Basic requirements to enter Canada

Apart from the eTA, you would also need to meet certain requirements to visit Canada, such as:

  • Have a valid travel document (passport)
  • Have a valid eTA or Visitor Visa
  • Be in good health
  • Have no criminal record or immigration-related convictions
  • Demonstrate that you have ties to your home country
  • Prove that you will leave Canada at the end of your visit
  • Provide sufficient proof of funds during your stay in Canada
An eTA doesn’t guarantee entry to Canada. Once you arrive at the airport, a border officer will review your passport and other documents. You need to convince the officer that you are eligible for entry to Canada.

Visa-Exempt vs Visa-Required Countries


Country Name Country Name Country Name
Andorra Australia Austria
Bahamas Barbados Belgium
British citizen British National (Overseas) British overseas citizen (re-admissible to the United Kingdom)
British overseas territory citizen with citizenship through birth, descent, naturalization, or registration in one of the British overseas territories British Subject with a right of abode in the United Kingdom Brunei Darussalam
Bulgaria Chile Croatia
Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark
Estonia Finland France
Germany Greece Hong Kong
Hungary Iceland Ireland
Israel Italy Japan
Republic of Korea Latvia Liechtenstein
Lithuania Luxembourg Malta
Mexico Monaco Netherlands
New Zealand Norway Papua New Guinea
Poland Portugal Romania
Samoa San Marino Singapore
Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands
Spain Sweden Switzerland
Taiwan United Arab Emirates Vatican City State

Visa-Exempt vs Visa-Required Countries

Visa Required

Country Name Country Name Country Name
Afghanistan Albania Algeria
Angola Antigua and Barbuda Argentina
Armenia Azerbaijan Bahrain
Bangladesh Belarus Belize
Benin Bhutan Bolivia
Bosnia-Herzegovina Botswana Brazil
Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia
Cameroon, Republic of Cape Verde Central African Republic
Chad China, People's Republic of Colombia
Comoros Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of
Costa Rica Cuba Djibouti
Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador
Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea Eswatini Ethiopia
Fiji Gabon Gambia
Georgia Ghana Grenada
Guatemala Guinea Guinea-Bissau
Guyana Haiti Honduras
India Indonesia Iran
Iraq Israel Ivory Coast
Jamaica Jordan Kazakhstan
Kenya Kiribati Korea, North
Kosovo Kuwait Kyrgyzstan
Laos Lebanon Lesotho
Liberia Libya Macao Special Administrative Region
Madagascar Malawi Malaysia
Maldives Islands Mali Marshall Islands
Mauritania Mauritius Micronesia, Fed. States
Moldova Mongolia Montenegro
Morocco Mozambique Myanmar
Namibia Nauru Nepal
Nicaragua Niger Nigeria
North Macedonia Oman Pakistan
Palau Palestinian Authority Panama
Paraguay Peru Philippines
Qatar Romania Russia
Rwanda São Tomé e Príncipe Saudi Arabia
Senegal Serbia Seychelles
Sierra Leone Somalia South Africa
South Sudan Sri Lanka St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Lucia St. Vincent and the Grenadines (St. Vincent) Sudan
Surinam Syria Taiwan
Tajikistan Tanzania Thailand
Timor-Leste Togo Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Türkiye
Turkmenistan Tuvalu Uganda
Ukraine Uruguay Uzbekistan
Vanuatu Venezuela Vietnam
Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe

How to apply for an eTA in Canada?

The process to apply for an eTA is quick and easy. To apply you would need to go through the following steps:

STEP 1: Get your passport and other documents required for an eTA.

STEP 2: Use the online application form available on the IRCC’s website. The form cannot be saved - so make sure to gather all the required documents and credentials in advance.

STEP 3: Pay the application processing fee of $CAN 7 for your eTA right after you complete your application form.

STEP 4: Get an email notifying you about the decision on your application. Most eTA applications are approved within minutes.

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After you apply

Make sure to check the junk mail folder of the email address you provided on your eTA application. Certain spam filters may block automated emails from IRCC.

If approved, the email will include your eTA number. The email will also tell you the next steps to follow. You need to keep your eTA number in case you need to contact IRCC or want to check the status of your eTA in the future.

Your eTA is also linked to your passport. You will be required to have this passport when you check in for your flight to Canada. The airline staff will scan your passport to confirm that you have a valid eTA. If you don’t, you won’t be able to board the flight.

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