Necessary documents

This page covers the necessary documents and criteria you need to meet to be able to apply for the Canadian eTA.

For your application to be confirmed by the Canadian government, you need to have/do the following.

  • Have a valid passport
  • Make an online application payment
  • Have a valid email address

Note that you can only apply for one person at a time regardless of whether you’re related or not.

Who doesn’t need an eTA visa?

If you’re included in this group, you don’t need to apply for eTA.

  • Canadian citizens or individuals with a Canadian dual citizenship
  • Canadian permanent residents
  • Us citizens excluding lawful permanent residents of the USA.

What happens after you receive your eTA?

When your eTA application is approved by the Canadian government, you’ll be notified via an approval email sent to your email address. Your eTA will be linked to your passport and stored in the authority’s database.

You’ll need to present your passport to airline staff, and other requiring authorities at checkpoints each time you want to board a flight to Canada.

Note that your eTA is valid for up to 5 years or it will be invalid the day your passport becomes invalid. Your eTA authorises you to visit and stay in Canada for up to six months. If there’s a need for you to stay longer in the country, you must apply for an extension.