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Who Needs an ETA Canada Travel Document?

The government of Canada introduced Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) travel documents last summer as a new requirement for travellers from visa-exempt countries.

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What is an ETA? 

An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is a new entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals flying to or transiting through Canada.

Only travellers from countries who do not require a visa to visit Canada are required to get an eTA, and only if they are travelling to Canada by air. If you’re from a visa-exempt country visiting Canada by land, you do not need an eTA.

Anyone who has a Canadian visa, Canadian permanent residence, or Canadian citizenship does not need an eTA travel document to enter Canada.

DO I NEED AN ETA?

Answer the following simple questions to find out if you need an eTA Canada travel document:

  1. Am I from a visa-exempt country?
  2. Am I travelling to or through Canada by air?

If you answered yes to both questions, you will likely need an eTA to board your flight to Canada.

STUDENTS AND WORKERS:

If you are from a visa-exempt country and have been granted a study permit or work permit, IRCC will automatically issue you an eTA when they accept your study or work permit application.

However, if you are from a visa-exempt country and received your permit before August 1, 2015, you may need to apply for an eTA if you plan to leave and return to Canada by air.

U.S. CITIZENS AND PERMANENT RESIDENTS:

U.S. citizens do not require a visa or an eTA to travel to Canada. As usual, if you are a U.S. citizen, you can visit Canada with your valid U.S. passport.

U.S. permanent residents (Green Card holders) must have an eTA to travel to Canada, as well as their Green Card.

DUAL CITIZENS:

If you are a dual citizen, meaning you hold Canadian citizenship and at least one other citizenship, you do not need an eTA to enter Canada. However, if you are entering Canada by air, you must be travelling with a Canadian passport.

CANADIAN PERMANENT RESIDENTS:

If you are a permanent resident of Canada, you do not need an eTA. You will need your valid Permanent Resident Card (PR Card) or Permanent Resident Travel Document to travel to Canada.

HOW TO APPLY FOR AN ETA

If you need an eTA, the good news is that’s a pretty simple document to apply for. You can apply online on the Government of Canada website, and the application costs $7 CAD. However, the application generally only takes a few minutes and, if granted, the eTA is valid for up to five years.

Since that eTA is an electronic document, it is electronically tied to your passport number. You will not receive a physical document from the Government of Canada.

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Sincerely,

The Canadim Team!
www.canadim.com

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