Applying for an ETA before Traveling to Canada
An electronic travel authorization is mandatory if you plan to take a trip in Canada. The good news is that you can apply for it online, on the Canadian government’s official website or on an authorized dedicated website. Here are the things you need to know about the ETA application online.
How to Apply for a Canadian ETA ?
The entire ETA application process, from filling out the form to receiving the authorization, is done online. That is why it is relatively simple to obtain. Any traveler eligible for the ETA will need to submit their application a specialized website. Once the electronic travel document has been approved, the applicant will be notified by email. An approved ETA is required to be authorized to board an aircraft to Canada. Travelers who have not obtained an ETA will not be allowed to board, even if their request is still being processed.
The online ETA application for Canada takes approximately ten minutes per traveler. You will need to make sure you have a valid passport, the travel details and personal data of each traveler, as well as a bank card to pay the fees of the ETA Canada application. You must know each traveler in your group or family will need an approved ETA, even babies.
How Long Does it Take to Receive an Approval for an ETA Request ?
Most online ETA applications for Canada are approved within minutes. Although, it is not uncommon for some requests to take several days or even weeks to process. IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) will contact you if more information is required to process your request. Once approved, your Canadian ETA will be valid for a maximum of five years from the date of issue or until the expiration date of your passport, whichever comes first.
Can You Request an ETA for Someone Else ?
Yes, if you are the parent or the legal guardian of a minor under the age of 18, or if you have permission to submit an application on behalf of one or more members of your travel group. You will need to indicate on the ETA application form that you are making the request for another person and specify your type of relationship to the potential ETA owner. Please make sure you have all the required information at your disposal such as passport data, contact details, business information, travel data and other basic information to complete the application.