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What is an eTA?
An eTA is an electronic travel system which is used to determine whether people who are travelling to Canada are eligible for entry prior to their departure.
Who must apply for an eTA?
All travelers who wish to travel to Canada for leisure, commercialism or simply in transit for a maximum of 90 days are required to have a valid, authorized eTA prior to their departure. If a traveler is in transit through the United States, they will also require a valid ESTA.
Why is an eTA necessary?
Under the Canadian Law, the eTA has been put into place in order to improve security and safety as a whole in Canadian borders. The Canadian government are able to determine whether a traveler could pose a risk to law enforcement or whether or not they are authorized to enter the country.
What information do I need to complete the form?
Each traveler must complete the form in English. He/she will indicate:
- Personal data, e.g. name, D.O.B, passport information
- Whether he/she is eligible to travel in general, there may be restrictions due to health arrests, convictions, or any history regarding visa deportation
- Credit/debit card in order to pay the obligatory fees and complete the request
How long before I travel should I submit my eTA form?
From the moment you plan your trip, it is advised to submit your eTA form at your earliest convenience in order to ensure a smooth process. You are not required to have a specific travel plan or give all information of your trip, however, if you do have knowledge of this information then it is strongly advised to provide the destination address or route. An eTA should be submitted at least 72 hours before departure so that our team of experts can confirm your travel plans if your eTA is authorized.
When will I find out if my eTA has been approved/declined?
You have submitted your request via our website, an almost immediate response is provided. We will then send you your results via email within 24 hours.
What should I expect to receive in my results?
From our emails, you will either receive an AUTHORIZATION (you are able to travel), an UNAUTHORIZED TRAVEL (you must apply for a temporary stay Visa from the consulate services of a US embassy prior to departure), or a PENDING REQUEST (you will be notified by our experts within 72 hours in order to receive a final answer).
What do I need to bring to the airport?
You do not need to bring anything specific regarding your eTA as it is all electronically archived and airlines will already know the status of your application in advance. Simply bring your passport and you are ready to go!
When will my eTA expire?
An eTA is valid for five years or until your passport expires (if it expires before the five years of authorization). You may continue to visit Canada during the five-year period without having to request a new authorization on our website.
Will it ever be necessary to re-apply for an eTA?
Yes, you will always require a new eTA if:
- You have a new passport
- You have exceeded your five year authorization
- You have changed name
- You have changed sex
- You have changed nationality
Each time you submit a new request, you will pay the obligatory fees.
If my eTA is approved, does it guarantee my entry to Canada?
No. An eTA does not mean you will definitely be able to enter Canada. It is a travel authorization which will permit you to travel to the country/board an airline to travel to the country. The decision of your eligibility is the responsibility of the immigration agents on the border upon arrival. However, in order to be able to travel to Canada, you must hold a valid eTA.
I forgot my eTA application number. How can I retrieve it?
If you do not have access to your eTA application number, you can retrieve his/her claim number by sending an email to our 24/7 customer service team stating your full name, passport number, date of birth and the country issuing the passport. We hold all client’s data confidentially for a duration of 2 years.
What should I do if my eTA has been refused?
If your application has been refused and you still wish to travel to Canada, you must apply for a visa from a Canadian Embassy or a Canadian Consulate. I hold a valid Visa. Do I still need to apply for an eTA? If you hold a valid Visa for Canada, you are not required to apply for an eTA as you are able to travel.