eTA to Canada
Traveling to Canada acquires certain documents that need to be acquired before entering Canada. If you are traveling by car, bus or boat, including cruise ships, you will need a valid passport and visiting visa for visa-exempt countries, U.S lawful permanent citizens and people that have dual Canadian citizenship and select visa-required countries. But if you are traveling by plane, you will need an eTA to enter Canada.
What is eTA
If you are planning to visit Canada by airplane or travel through Canada by one, you will need eTA or electronic travel authorization. An electronic travel authorization is needed for all foreign citizens that come from visa-exempt countries and travel to or through Canada by air. It is electronically linked to a traveler’s passport and is valid only if a passport is valid, and numbers on passport and eTA are the same. Please, not that without eTA, you will not be able to board the plane in the first place. Electronic travel authorization means that you were authorized to travel to Canada by airplane, and having one means you can board the plane that flies to or through any Canadian airports.
Who requires eTA
If you are traveling to Canada by air and you come from a visa-exempt country, you will need eTA. Also, lawful permanent citizens of the U.S. need to apply for eTA. They have to present a valid green card and a U.S. passport at the entrance to Canada. Please note that without eTA that is linked to a valid passport you will not be allowed to board a plane at all. If you are traveling by any other means of transportation including cruisers, you don’t need eTA. It is only needed if you use an airplane and are entering Canada through one of its airports. If you come from the select visa-required country you may be eligible for eTA instead of a visa, but only if you travel by plane. If you use any other mean of transportation, you will have to apply for a visitor visa.
How to get an eTA
The best way to get an eTA is to hire a private agency. Benefits of hiring professionals to help you are many. They will let you know exactly which documents you need, what information you need to provide, they are experienced and can help you through the whole process. eTA is acquired through an online application. You will need to provide valid information and a valid passport before you start. It is not a printable version so it has to be done online. eTA will be linked to a particular passport and the number you provide for eTA application must be the same as one in the passport. eTA can be applied only for one person at a time, which means you will have to apply for every member of your family if they are flaying with you. Online applications are only in English and have required fields that you will have to fill with information that can be proved to be true. The private agency knows all the laws and all rules that must be obeyed in order to get your eTA without any problems.
What else you need to know about eTA
eTA is linked to your passport and it is valid for 6 years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. Check the validity of your passport before you apply for an eTA and make sure it is valid for the time you plan to stay in Canada. It can be used for multiple entries, which means you don’t have to apply for a new one every time you plan to travel to Canada. Duration of a single stay is up to six months if your passport is valid through that time and no overstay is possible. You can apply for it at any time before your planned travel. There is no required time before your flight when you have to apply, which gives you enough time to apply even if your flight is a sudden one. It costs 49 EUR.
eTa is an electronic document that has to be approved before you board the plane that will get you to Canada. If you require it, you should get it through a private agency which will help you acquire it without any stress. That way you can enjoy your travel to the fullest.