ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) is an online application system that is used by the Government of Canada to screen travelers before they arrive in Canada. It is mandatory for people from visa-exempt countries to obtain an eTA before entering Canada. The application process is quick and easy, and the eTA is electronically linked to the traveler’s passport.
The eTA is an important tool for the Canadian government to protect the country’s borders and ensure the safety of its citizens. It allows the government to review a traveler’s background and identify any potential security or criminal threats before they enter the country. The eTA also helps the government track travelers who are entering and leaving Canada, as well as monitor their activities while they are in the country. By having this information, the government is better able to prevent terrorist activities and other illegal activities.
In addition, the eTA system helps the Canadian government manage the flow of visitors to the country. This system streamlines the entry process and makes it easier for travelers to enter Canada. It also helps the government monitor the number of visitors to the country and helps to ensure that the number of visitors does not exceed the capacity of the country’s resources.
The eTA system is an important part of Canada’s immigration system and is necessary for travelers from visa-exempt countries who wish to enter the country. It helps to ensure the safety and security of the country and its citizens, while also making the entry process more efficient and streamlined.
The processing time for an eTA application is usually within minutes. However, in some cases, an application may take up to 72 hours to process. This can be due to technical issues or if additional documents are required to verify your identity.
No, Canadian citizens do not need to apply for an eTA. Canadian citizens can enter Canada without an eTA or a visa. However, Canadian citizens who are visiting from another country for a short period may need to apply for an eTA.
Eligible travellers from 13 more countries now qualify for an electronic travel authorization
On June 6, 2023, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced the addition of 13 countries to the electronic travel authorization (eTA) program. Travellers from these countries who have either held a Canadian visa in the last 10 years or who currently hold a valid United States non-immigrant visa can now apply for an eTA instead of a visa when travelling to Canada by air. Effective today, eligible travellers from these countries can benefit from the program:
Here is what some members of Parliament are saying about this initiative:
“The economic and social benefits that will ensue from this announcement are undeniable. Increased tourism means bringing more families and friends together, a boost to local businesses, hotels, restaurants, and various industries that thrive on visitors from abroad. By making travel to Canada more accessible, we are enhancing opportunities for collaboration, trade and investment, thus invigorating our economy and creating jobs for our fellow Manitobans and Canadians.”
– Kevin Lamoureux, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg North
“The expanded eTA program opens doors to a diverse array of global visitors, fostering cultural exchange and promoting tourism like never before. With this expansion, we can look forward to welcoming more eager travellers to explore the wonders of Winnipeg South, experience our vibrant communities and immerse themselves in our rich cultural heritage.”
– Terry Duguid, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South
“This exciting development will make it efficient and affordable for countless individuals from around the world to visit our great nation. By eliminating visa requirements, we welcome tourists and enable families to reunite and visit their loved ones in Canada more easily. As a proud Filipino-Canadian, I am thrilled by the expanded eTA eligibility to include the Philippines. With this new announcement, we uplift the Filipino community, foster closer ties, embrace diversity and unlock new horizons of future growth and collaboration.”