The deadline to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) has been extended. Visa-exempt nationals who enter Canada by air now have until November 10, 2016, to apply for an eTA. 

The eTA Program requires that nationals of countries that do not need visas to enter Canada nonetheless register online with the Canadian immigration authorities before flying to Canada. The eTA system was to be fully implemented for visitors to Canada from certain countries on September 29, 2016. Immigration authorities have agreed to further extend this deadline to give travelers and airlines more time to prepare.

From November 9, visa exempt foreign nationals are expected to have an eTA to fly to, or transit through, Canada. ETAs are valid for five years or until the expiration date of a passport, whichever comes first.

Please note:

  • The eTA requirement applies to travelers who do not need a visa to enter Canada and who are planning to arrive by air. Visa exempt countries include the U.K., Japan, Australia, Korea, countries in the European Union and more. A list of nationalities that require an eTA is available here
  • The eTA requirement does not apply to U.S. citizens but U.S. permanent residents, or green card holders, require the online authorization
  • The eTA is not required if a person is entering at a land or sea port of entry
  • After March 2016, nationals of Brazil, Bulgaria, Mexico or Romania who hold a current U.S. non-immigrant visa, or who have held a Canadian visa in the past ten years, will be allowed to enter Canada with an eTA instead of a visa

The eTA process involves entering a traveler’s personal details and passport information into an online portal and paying a fee of CAD 7. Every traveler must obtain an eTA, including children.

In most cases, CIC will approve the eTA within minutes of applying. In situations where an immediate decision is not given, CIC will follow up with applicants with requests to obtain more information.

This summary was prepared using information obtained from the Canadian Government and Peregrine Immigration Management.

Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Fabiana Reyes, Regional Immigration Managers, Americas: