Call Us Now +1.780.705.0679

Flying to Canada? – Electronic Travel Authorization

Electronic Travel Authorization

As of November 10, 2016, a new entry requirement is in effect! In essence, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to, or transit through a Canadian airport, need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).


Briefly, U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa, as well as, Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents cannot apply for an eTA. Further, visa-exempt travellers do not need an eTA when entering Canada by land (e.g. car or bus) or sea (e.g. cruise ship).


An eTA can be valid for up to 5 years or until your passport expires. For example, if you get a new passport, you will need to get a new eTA. With a valid eTA you can travel to Canada as often as you want for short stays (normally for up to 6 months at a time).

Make sure you don’t get scammed!

If you need an eTA, go to to apply. It is the only official Government of Canada website to apply for an eTA. Applying for an eTA is a simple and inexpensive online process. In summary, all you need is: $7 CAD, your passport and an email address. For more information visit IRCC.

Youtube Video – eTA scam alert

CIC News

Author – Katharina Kontaxis, RCIC

fr_FRFrench en_USEnglish