Canadian Electronic Travel Number (eTA)
Manditory for all travel to Canada beginning March 15, 2016.
Though it was announced a few months back, it’s always helpful to remind fellow travelers about new industry regulations. First the United States, and now Canada, has put in place an Electronic Travel number (eTA) system, payable online. The eTA is mandatory for all persons flying to Canada, except for US citizens or US visa holders. For example, French, Belgian, and Swiss citizens, who were visa exempt in Canada, are now required to obtain an eTA for travel.
How does it work?
Acquiring an eTA is only available online, here. You will need a valid passport, an email address, and a credit card. It takes just a few minutes to fill out the provided electronic form.
If you are traveling with multiple people, including children, each person is required to obtain and individual number. If admissible, you’ll receive a response within minutes.
How long is it valid?
The eTA is valid for 5 years, or until your current passport expires, whichever comes first.
How much does it cost?
The eTA costs $7 CAD per person.
Why was the eTA implemented?
The eTA was created as part of a boarder control agreement established with the United States. It is electronically attached to your passport and allows the Canadian government to run a background check before entering the country.
There is little risk of this causing any extra delays at the board crossings as obtaining an eTA is required before travelling.
If you are planning to enter or travel through Canada after March 2016, we recommend getting your eTA as soon as possible.
To determine your eligibility for a Canadian eTa, click here.
By Mathilde Linossier
Translated by Julie RotharmelGo back