Electronic Travel Authorization Introduced for Travelers From Visa Exempt Countries

Electronic Travel Authorization

Starting March 2016, travelers from visa exempt countries (such as UK, Australia, France, Japan and Chile) will be required to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before travelling to Canada.

This is very similar to a current system in place in the USA, known as the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization), which is used by the United States to pre-screen visa exempt visitors. Applicants will be able to use the eTA system starting Aug. 1, 2015

Who Will Require an eTA?

  • Visa-exempt individuals seeking to travel to Canada by air for a short-term visit
  • Individuals in Canada on work or study permits planning to exit Canada and re-enter by air, unless they’re only travelling to the US

Applicants must pay a CAD $7.00 processing fee and the resulting electronic travel authorization will be valid for five years or until the applicant’s passport expires, the eTA is cancelled, or a new eTA is issued.

The eTA will include the applicant’s name, date, place of birth, gender, address, nationality, and passport information.

Who Will Not Require an eTA?

The main exeptions include;

Do You Have More Questions About Electronic Travel Authorization?

If you’re not sure how this affects you, or not sure if you’ll require an eTA, we at Visaplace can help you. We have literally helped thousands and thousands of people successfully immigrate to Canada, so they can visit, work, study or live, and we certainly can help you too!

Getting started is easy, simply fill our free online immigration assessment form here or contact us here and we will get back to you.


Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

12 thoughts on “Electronic Travel Authorization Introduced for Travelers From Visa Exempt Countries

  1. Zki

    I have approved eta. Can I fly befor 2016 ?

    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Zki,

      Thank you for your question. Once your ETA is approved, you can travel immediately. MF

  2. Ali raza

    i want to ask about Canada immigration my Question is that how much take time for the complete process of Canada immigration

    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Ali,

      Thank you for your question. It really depends on which program you are looking to immigrate under. Citizenship and Immigration Canada is doing their best to ensure that qualified applicants will obtain their Permanent Residency within one year or less. MF

  3. Mira Freiwat

    Hello Muhammad,

    Thank you for your post. I have not received your CV and I am not sure where you sent it to. We can definitely assist you with any questions you have about Immigrating to Canada or US but I cannot advise you on the other 2 countries. I will email you shortly to schedule a time and date for a consultation! MF

  4. Muhammad Ashfaq

    Earlier my friend has faced the fraud regarding the immigration of Australia, i am afraid for this purpose.
    So request to you kindly be clear my mind regarding the work permit of Canada, Australia or South Africa,
    Because my dream is to work in these country for better future of my family and to nearly watch the culture of these countries.
    I send to you my detailed CV.
    Kindly reply to me.
    i am daily online from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Pakistan Time,

  5. ASAD


    Kindly advise us visit visa time 3 month, 6 month 2years or 5 years
    because i get the visit visa of usa 5 years

    Assad Khan

    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Asad,

      Thank you for your post. You can stay for up to 6 months per visit. MF

  6. Eduardo Flores

    Hello, i see the eTA its going to be able august 1st 2015, and for us mexicans that meet the requirements for eTA (Valid US non-immigrant visa and/or previous Canadian visa) can we apply as well to travel as of august 1st to travel to Canada with the eTA?
    Thank you

    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Eduardo,

      Thank you for your post. Yes, you will be able to apply as soon as this program opens in the 1st of August, 2015. Contact us if you need help with obtaining the ETA! MF

      1. Eduardo Flores

        Thanks for your answer. So if i get the eTA would i be able to travel to Canada without a visa as of August 1st? Or we will need the visa still until March 2016?
        Thank you

        1. Mira Freiwat

          Hello Eduardo,

          It should be effective as of this August. MF


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