An electronic travel authorization (eTA) is a government-issued document that allows a person to enter Canada without a visa. It is issued for a fee of seven dollars and is valid for five years or until the expiry date of the holder’s passport. Applicants simply submit basic biographic information to an automated system that verifies their eligibility to enter the country. The vast majority of applications are approved instantly, but a small percentage will require manual review.
Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations
An eta visa is not required for citizens of countries with dual nationality, although they will need a valid Canadian passport if they are traveling for work or study. However, dual citizens of Canada and Denmark cannot apply for an eTA. They must instead travel with a Canadian passport. A guide to the application process is available on the Canadian government’s website. Travellers are also encouraged to download the ArriveCAN app to help them with the process.
Applicants must apply for an eTA one month before their scheduled travel date. The approval process can take a few minutes or even a few days. If your eTA is not approved, you must apply for a new one. The eTA will link to your passport if approved. Once your eTA is approved, you must present it to the airline staff when you check in for your flight.
USLPRs represent a small minority of eTA holders, representing less than one percent of all issued eTAs since 2015. However, the vast majority of USLPR visitors to Canada enter via land borders and therefore do not face any pre-travel screening. This is especially true when it comes to air travel. Despite this, the estimated number of USLPRs who enter Canada via air is only 140 thousand.