Request eTA Canada
Did you plan a trip to Canada? Don’t forget to request a visum or eTA. But what is the different between them? And when and how do you have to request it? You will find an answer to all your questions here.
what is eTA?
eTA stands for Electronic Travel Authorisation and is an electronic entry requirement for visa-exampt foreign nationals travelling to Canada.
What are the requirements to request an eTA?
There are a few requirements for letting you request an eTA for Canada:
- You travel to Canada by air
- You will stay in Canada for a maximum of 6 months
- The purpose is holiday, business or transit
- You have a return ticket
- You are a visa-exampt foreign national – you can find a list here
Important: you will also need an eTA when you have a transit in Canada and Canada is not your final destination.
If you don’t meet these requirements, you have to request a visum to enter Canada. This means in these cases:
- You want to stay in Canada longer than 6 months
- You want to work in CanadaJe wil werken in Canada
- You don’t meet the legal requirements to request an eTA
How to request an eTA?
You can request an eTA for Canada easily online through the website of the Canadian government. It is best to do this as fast as possible after booking your plane ticket.
You also need an international passport that is valid for at least 6 months after entering Canada. Make sure that all information you fill out is correct and matches the information in your passport.
The application form is completely in English, so if English is not your mother tongue, double-check all the information. You will also need to answer questions about your job for example. On the homepage, you will also find documents in different languages that can help with filling out the form.
After payment of 7 Canadian $ (only with credit card), you will receive your eTA in your mailbox after a few minutes.
How long is the eTA valid?
The eTA is valid for 5 years started from the application date. If your international passport expires in the meantime, you will have to request a new eTA.
During those 5 years, you can enter Canada multimple times, as long as it is for maximum 6 months at a time.
Can I go to Canada without a valid eTA?
No. At the check-in counter of the airport, your passport will be scanned to see if you have a valid eTA. Indien you don’t have one, you will not be able to board the plane.
Which document do you need when arriving in Canada?
Your eTA is not a physical document, so you can’t print it. It is linked to your passport.
It is advised to have prove of your return ticket and proof of lodging during your stay in Canada.
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