What is the Canadian ETA?

Have you got a trip to Canada coming up?

If you’re planning a trip to Canada, you may need to apply for a Canadian ETA beforehand.

Securing what you need for a trip overseas can be overwhelming and stressful.

At Visa First, we want to make planning your visit to Canada as stress-free as possible.

That’s why we have put together this useful guide where we go through everything you need to know about the Canadian ETA.

Check it out below!

a tourist looking at a lake in Canada

What is a Canadian ETA?

This is a multiple-entry authorization that lets you stay in Canada for up to six months per visit.

The Canada Electronic Travel Authorization allows you to visit the country by air for tourism or business purposes.

With it, you can visit family and friends or travel around Canada.

It is an entry requirement for any visa-exempt foreign nationals who want to go to the Great White North.

Who is eligible for the Canadian ETA?

You are eligible for the Canadian ETA if:

  • You are from a visa-exempt country
  • You are planning to travel to Canada by air

Here’s a list of the countries whose citizens require an ETA to travel to Canada.

Visa-exempt countries

Canadian ETA visa eligible countries list - visafirst infographic

The visa-exempt category includes also British citizens, British Overseas nationals and British Overseas Territory citizens of the following countries:

  • Anguilla
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
  • Gibraltar, Montserrat
  • Pitcairn Island
  • Saint Helena
  • Turks and Caicos Islands (if they obtained citizenship through birth, descent, naturalization or registration in one of the territories).

However, if these citizens are travelling to Canada by land or sea, they do not require an ETA.

Keep in mind that there may be different requirements for citizens applying for the Canada ETA from different countries.

What are the application requirements?

When you apply for the Canadian ETA, you will be required to provide certain documents.

These include:

  • A completed application form
  • A copy of your passport from an eligible country- must be valid for up to six months from the date of arrival in Canada
  • Your ETA processing fee

Apply for your Canada ETA online today with Visa First!

Are there any covid-19 restrictions in Canada at the moment?

It is important to keep up to date with the Covid-19 measures in Canada when planning your trip, and before you apply for your ETA.

Currently, you can still apply for your Canadian ETA, however, there are some travel restrictions in place. Foreign nationals aren’t allowed to enter Canada to visit, or for tourism at this time.

If you are travelling to Canada and have an essential reason, you must seek permission from the IRCC as well as securing your visa or ETA.

You must also have a negative PCR test taken 72 hours at most before you depart. Once you arrive in Canada, you must take another PCR test and quarantine for up to 14 days.

a doctor in Canada wearing a mask

How long is the Canada ETA valid for?

It is valid for five years, or until your passport expires/is replaced – whichever comes first.

Apply for your Canada ETA online today with Visa First!

Canada ETA FAQs

How long will it take to receive my Canada ETA?

The Canada ETA processing time varies and depends on the Canadian Immigration Office.

How much will it cost me?

You can secure the Canada ETA from €50 with Visa First.

Do I have to print out my ETA and keep it with me in Canada?

No, you are under no obligation to print your ETA, as it is linked electronically to your passport. You can of course keep a copy of your ETA with you for safekeeping.

Can I work in Canada when I have the Canadian ETA?

No, the ETA is not suitable for full or part-time work for a Canadian employer in Canada.

How to apply for a Canadian ETA?


Apply online with Visa First!

All you have to do is fill out the online application form, and provide all of the required documents and information. 

It’s as simple as that!

We provide fast, convenient service, and our global visa specialists will take care of the tricky application forms and documents.

We also provide some additional services to get you sorted for your trip to Canada, including Canadian money transfers, and Passport cover.

To find out more just check out our website!

Have more questions about the Canadian ETA?  Contact our team today who will be more than happy to help you!

Why choose Visa First?

  • We are the world’s leading provider of visa and immigration services
  • We have over 17 years of experience securing visas for our customers
  • We take the hassle out of visa applications and maximise your chances of a successful visa application
  • Your dedicated account manager will offer comprehensive solutions to any of your queries
  • Your visa application will be prepared accurately by our highly qualified team

Apply for your Canada ETA online today with Visa First!


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