ETA Canada (Electronic Travel Authorization)
ETA Canada (Electronic Travel Authorization) is a digital authorization document that foreign nationals need to obtain before traveling to Canada by air. The ETA is part of the Canadian government’s efforts to enhance the security of its borders and maintain the integrity of its immigration system. By requiring foreign nationals to obtain an ETA before traveling to Canada, the government can identify potential security risks before they arrive in the country and take appropriate action.
Who are eligible for ETA?
The ETA applies to citizens of countries that do not need a visa to enter Canada. These countries include the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany, and many others. However, some citizens of visa-exempt countries may still require a visa depending on the purpose and length of their stay in Canada.
ETA Processing Time
The ETA processing time is typically quick, and most applicants receive their authorization within minutes of submitting their application. However, in some cases, it may take a few days to process the application, so it is recommended to apply well in advance of the planned travel date.
The ETA is valid for up to five years or until the expiration of the passport, whichever comes first. The validity period allows travelers to enter and exit Canada multiple times during their stay without needing to reapply for authorization. However, if the passport expires before the ETA’s validity period, travelers need to apply for a new ETA.
No Guarantee to enter Canada
It is crucial to note that an ETA is not a guarantee of entry into Canada. The final decision on whether to allow entry into Canada is made by border officials at the point of entry. To be granted entry, travelers must satisfy the officer that they meet all the entry requirements, including having a valid passport, sufficient funds for their stay, a return ticket, and no criminal history.