About eTA Canada

eTA Canada (Electronic Travel Authorization) is an electronic visa for passengers traveling to Canada by air and coming from visa-free countries. It was introduced by the Government of Canada in May of 2016 to fasten the visa application process for those traveling to Canada for tourism, business, and transit purposes.

Canadian eTA application proceeds fully online. Filling in a form takes only several minutes, and the approval arrives by email within 72 hours or even less. It is significantly quicker when compared with traditional, paper visas.

Canadian electronic travel authorization is a multiple entry visa allowing a stay of up to 6 months at a time. Its validity ends after five years from the issue.

The application process is less complicated than applying for a paper visa. The eTA application fee is 49 euros which is also more economical than in the case of traditional travel authorization.

To enter Canada, you need a valid passport. eTA will be electronically linked to it. The entire application process is secure and recommended for travelers from eligible countries.

Please note that in 2021, the Government of Canada implemented ArriveCAN to stop the spread of COVID-19. From the 7th of September 2021, every traveler must complete the health declaration before entering Canada. ArriveCAN is a platform used for that. You complete the declaration online.

Types of electronic visas to Canada

Only one type of Canadian electronic travel authorization is available for visa-exempt foreign nationals. It is a multiple-entry tourist visa.

You can apply for an eTA if you plan to visit Canada for tourism or business-related reasons like a holiday, visiting family, friends, conferences, business meetings, etc. When entering Canada for work, electronic travel authorization doesn’t apply.

With an electronic visa, you can enter Canada plenty of times within five years from the date of issue. The maximum stay duration is six months at a time.

How to apply for an eTA to Canada

To apply for an eTA, you may visit our website Evisa Express. There are a few steps to follow.

It is necessary to check the completed information twice so the application time will not be extended unnecessarily.

  1. Fill in an online form by giving your personal information, passport details, and contact information. Your email address must be completed correctly as approval of Canadian electronic travel authorization is provided to the applicant’s email address.
  2. Pay the visa fee of 49 Euro with one of the most convenient online methods. Ensure the payment confirmation will be delivered to your email. 
  3. Please check your mail for visa approval. It will be provided to your mailbox within three business days (72 hours).

Processing the application often lasts less than the maximum of 72 hours. Our average acceptance time is 16 hours, but it is safer to apply for an eTA earlier, not to get stressed that it will not be approved on time.

When the government of Canada approves the visa, it is automatically linked to the passport. Thus, printing Canadian eTA is not necessary.

Sometimes the visa approval process is longer than usual, but it depends only on the Canadian government’s decision, and if such a situation occurs, it is reasonable.

Validity Period

The government of Canada allows eTA holders to enter Canada more than once. Within five years of validity, you may cross the border plenty of times and stay up to six months at a time.

The electronic travel authorization remains valid with a valid passport, so it is necessary to control the date of its expiration. Without a passport, you cannot enter Canada. Even if your electronic visa is still valid and the passport is not, you must apply for a new one, and only then traveling to Canada is possible again.

Requirements for eTA to Canada

Requirements to apply for an eTA are not many. If you are a citizen of an eligible country, you need a valid passport to apply for an electronic travel authorization. The document must stay valid for a minimum of 6 months from entering the Canadian border.

The six-month passport validity requirement applies to air travelers traveling to Canada for tourism or business reasons.

When you have a passport and want to start your application, you must prepare a device with a good internet connection. You will also need to share your email address, so ensure you have one as the eTA approval will be sent via email. Please also secure 49 euros for the visa fee on your account.