Travelling to Canada: How to get Canada ETA?

Canada is on a roll! So is not weird that you want to visit this fantastic country. Travelling to Canada is a great experience. The country features impressive cities like Montréal and Toronto, as well as breathtaking landscapes in Banff National Park in British Columbia. But, prior to your departure to the great white north, you need to get an eTA. If you don’t know how to get an eTA on this post we will explain all you have to know about it. Check it out!

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What is eTA and when is it necessary?

The eTA is a travel authorization requested to all travellers who intend to visit Canada for both tourism and business, even for transit purposes. Please note that you can stay for up to 6 months. This permit is required since August 2015 and can only be requested by foreign visa-exempt travellers. Submitting the eTA is mandatory so that if someone flies to Canada without this authorization, they run the risk of not being able to access the country.


As we have just explained, if your final destination is not Canada but your flight stops at one of the airports in the country, you must get a visa. As you will land and do the customs, you are technically in Canadian territory. Please note, eTA is associated with your passport number. What does this mean? It means that if you renew your passport, you will have to get a new eTA.

How to get the eTA to travel to Canada

Good news! To apply for eTA you do not need to go to an embassy or consulate of Canada. You can simply fill the form online. It’s simple, is fast and normally the travel authorization arrives in your inbox in minutes.

Documentation required for the application

  • Valid passport
  • A valid email address
  • Valid payment method (Visa, MasterCard or American Express card).

How much does it cost Canada eTA?

Getting the eTA to travel to Canada costs $ 7 CAD.

Steps to follow to request the eTA

  1. Prepare relevant travel documents.
  2. Access the application form and fill it out properly
    The eTA application form is only in English and French, the official languages of Canada. But don’t worry, to help you apply, descriptions of each field in the form are available in 18 languages, including Spanish, Deutsch and Italian. We advise you to read all the questions well before answering them. Fill all the gaps properly; a misspelling can lead to a delay in obtaining the travel permit or even its denial.
  3. Once you have completed the form, proceed to check out.
  4. Check out your inbox, you may have received an email.
  5. Sometimes, to proceed with your eTA, Canadia authorities may need more documents. In that case, you will be requested by e-mail to send more information concerning your travelling.

Important reminders:

  • The only mean of communication is email. So, if you think you have not received an e-mail related to your eTA, before claiming it, check SPAM or junk mail folder.
  • You can only apply and pay for one person at a time. So, if you are travelling to Canada with your family, you will have to do the online process for each passenger.
  • Once you get your eTA, print it immediately or save it. You won’t be able to print it later or receive a copy of it.
  • Although it is a simple and fast procedure, we recommend you to allow some time. Your information can’t be saved, there is a limited time to complete the form. Before start, the procedure, review the help document to make sure you have everything you may need to complete your eTA.