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Requirements for an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) | Canada


Requirements for an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) | Canada

Jade Calver

An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is a document that is electronically linked to a traveller’s passport. With a valid eTA, you can travel to Canada as often as you wish for short stays. Today, Jade explains the requirements for an eTA . She also answers some common questions about the eTA, which include:

  •  What is an eTA?

  • Who requires an eTA?

  • What about travellers who cannot apply for an eTA?

  • Do Permanent Residents need an eTA?

  • Who is exempt from the eTA requirements?

  • How do I apply for an eTA?

  • What are some common eTA application errors?

  • How long does the eTA remain valid?

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eTA Application Process

The application process for the eTA is fairly simple. There are few steps required and you can apply online within minutes.

  1. Get your passport, and credit or debit card (depending on the payment method you would like to use) and read the help document.

  2. Use the online form to apply. Be sure to complete your form in one sitting because it will not save your information.

  3. Pay the $7.00 CAD fee for your eTA immediately after completing the form.

  4. Check your email for a notification that your application was approved.

If you don’t received an email indicating the approval of your application, you may need to submit more information. If this happens, you will receive an email asking you to submit further documents. You should receive this within 72 hours of submitting your initial application.

eTA Processing Time

Have you already applied for an eTA and you’re waiting for it to be processed? Check the eTA processing time to see when you might receive your document.

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