As explained on the official website of the Government of Canada:
An Electronic Travel Authorization (TA) is an entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air. An eTA is electronically linked to a traveller’s passport. It is valid for up to five years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. If you get a new passport, you need to get a new eTA.
This means an eTA is not:
- a granted permission to get into Canada
- a work permit
- a study permit
An eTA is just an authorization to travel to Canada. Think as a requirement to get on the airplane. When arriving, you will still need to proove to the immigration officer your intentions to stay in the country.
What are the eTA Requirements?
- Credit Card or Debit Card with Visa or Mastercard logo
- A valid passport form a visa-exempt country
- eMail account
How do I get the eTA?
An eTA is not a physical document. It is an electronic authorization linked to your passport number (if you change passport, you will need to apply for a new eTA). When the Government of Canada approves your eTA application (usually in minutes), you will get an email with some information. Although it is not a must to print it, some airlines will ask for it in order to let you get on the plane.
- You do not need third-party services to get an eTA.
- eTA's fee is seven Canadian dollars
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