Questions About Canada ETA

Applying for a Canada ETA is a requirement for many people looking to enter Canada.  There are a number of common questions that people have regarding the ETA or Electronic Travel Authorization that you should know the answers to before you apply.

Who Needs The Canada ETA?

The ETA is a requirement for any national of a visa-exempt country traveling to Canada.  Without the ETA the national will not be allowed entry to the country and will generally be stopped from boarding their flight to Canada.  There are some exemptions to the people who need to apply and they are listed on the Canadian visa website.

How Do You Apply?

Application for the ETA will be made online and cannot be completed in any other ways.  The only times when an application is through a paper application is when the person traveling to Canada is unable to complete the application online due to physical or mental disability.

When Should You Apply?

While the ETA is often approved within minutes of application, it is recommended that you do not wait too long to apply.  This is due to some applications needing additional time to be processed.  There is also the chance that the ETA is rejected and you will need to apply again after addressing the reasons why the application was rejected.

How Long Does The ETA Last?

The ETA is valid for a period of 5 years or until the passport it is linked to expires.  During this time you will be able to travel in and out of Canada.  A new ETA will only need to be applied for after 5 years or when a new passport is used.

How Long Does Approval Take?

In most cases, the ETA will be approved within a few minutes and confirmation will be sent to the email address provided in the application.  However, some applications will take longer and if this is the case the IRCC will generally contact you within 72 hours to advise on the next steps to be taken.

What Are The Possible Reasons For Refusal?

There are a number of reasons why an ETA could be rejected including prior criminal activities and medical reasons.  In terms of criminal activities, something as small as a DUI from 5 years previous, could be a cause for rejection.  Regardless of the seriousness of the crime, Canada does retain the right to reject your application based on criminal convictions.

There are other more serious reasons for rejection including membership of a terrorist organization, issues endangering public health and international human rights violations.  The reason for rejection of the application will often be provided and you can address this before trying to apply again.

Are There Age Exemptions?

There are no age exemptions for the ETA.  Any traveler coming from a visa-exempt country will need to apply for an ETA before they fly.

There are a number of additional questions that you might have regarding the ETA for Canada.  The Canadian visa website will have additional answers to any questions that you might have about this travel document.