Electronic Travel Authorization for Canada

Governments around the world are trying to standardize enhanced vetting processes to better control who may access the particular country. The U.S. has the electronic System for travel Authorization  ( ESTA ) and Australia and Turkey have implemented electronic authorization programs for visiting foreign nationals.

As of March 15, 2016 Canada will require Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) for all visa-exempt foreign nationals, regardless of their age entering the country by air. Other than U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian Visa must have an eTA prior to being processed by customs, immigration and quarantine (CIQ) and entering Canada.   The new eTA requirements also apply to tech stops in Canada, even if passengers do not leave the aircraft. Canada’s eTA program takes this one step further in requiring electronic authorization for nationals, who in the past did not even require visas.

Cost for eTA application is $7 Canadian dollars, paid online with credit card. To apply for eTA you must have a valid passport and provide an email address. We recommend submitting the application at least 72 hours in advance.

Apply online for an eTA