eTA is a travel authorization required for travelers visiting Canada as tourists or on business trips or as travelers.
As of August 25, 2015, eTA is a required electronic travel authorization for travelers visiting Canada as tourists, on transit, or on business travel under 6 months.
Eligible travelers with passports from selected countries will be able to apply online for an eTA.
Travelers who do not obtain an eTA may be barred from access to Canada and may also be fined by the Canadian government.
Travelers are therefore recommended to apply as soon as possible.
New Canadian travel screening process called eTA
Canada has implemented a web-based travel control system for foreign nationals without a visa requirement, known as Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). The implementation of this program is just one of the many initiatives the Canadian government is taking as part of their joint agreement with the United States to better secure their borders.
Visa-exempt Countries:eTA filing is now mandatory
The United States and Canada have adopted a policy to improve the security of their common border and to cooperate in sharing visa and immigration information on travelers visiting either country. Enforcement of Electronic Travel Authorization is one of Canada’s initiatives in response to this agreement. Citizens of the following countries are required to obtain an eTA prior to their departure to Canada:
Basics of the Canadian eTA
The Canadian eTA is just like the digital verification system for travelers, which is in place in many developed countries such as the United States and Australia. As the name suggests, eTA confirms a person’s ability to travel to Canada without a visa but does not guarantee admission to Canada. Only the Canadian Border Authority can determine whether travelers wishing to cross the border into Canada will gain access to the country. An approved eTA is issued for a period of five years or until the date the passport expires, whichever comes first. An approved eTA allows the traveler to visit Canada for up to six months, but the allowable period of stay may vary based on the dates stamped in the traveler’s passport by the Canadian border authorities.
The scope of eTA
Foreign nationals from countries that do not require a visa will need an eTA, and those from selected European countries, New Zealand and Australia. U.S. Americans, Canadian citizens, and people with permanent residence permits in Canada are exempt from having to have a Canadian eTA or visa. Foreign nationals currently in need of a visa to enter Canada are not eligible for an eTA and therefore still need a visa to visit Canada for tourism, transit, business, work and medical or educational purposes. purpose. Answers to frequently asked questions are available to those who wish to apply for an eTA.