Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is an entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals traveling to Canada by air. It is electronically linked to a traveler’s passport and is valid for up to five years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.


  • Most travelers from visa-exempt countries need an eTA to fly to or transit through a Canadian airport.
  • Travellers from certain visa-required countries may be eligible to apply when entering Canada by air. A visa will require if entering Canada by any other means.
  • United States citizens are exempt from requiring eTA.

Application Process

The process for applying for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) generally involves several key steps.
Verify Eligibility: Ensure that you are from a country that requires an eTA to travel to your destination.
Prepare Required Documents: A valid passport from an eTA-required country and information to answer immigration form questions. Details include:
Full name
Date of birth
Passport details (number, country of issuance, expiration date)
Contact information
Travel details
Answer questions regarding your health, criminal history, and previous travel history.
Review and Confirm Information and Submit the Application
Wait for Approval
You will typically receive an email within a few minutes to a few days indicating whether your eTA has been approved, denied, or if more information is needed.
Validity: Once approved, the eTA is valid for multiple entries into Canada, each stay up to six months.
Cost: The IRCC fee for an eTA is CAD $7.

eTA is electronically linked to your passport, and you will need to travel with the passport you used to apply for the eTA. If you got a new passport after obtaining the eTA, you will need to apply for a new eTA.