How do I get an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) for Canada?

Like the United States with its ESTA, Canada has introduced the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

Since March 15, 2016, all travellers from countries other than the United States who do not require a visa to enter Canada (such as Britain and Australia) must obtain an eTA before boarding a flight to Canada.  

Here is some useful information about this authorization, which is one of the required procedures for entering Canada.


How do you get an eTA?

Obtaining an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) for Canada

You need an eTA to enter Canada by air or to transit through a Canadian airport.

You can get an eTA by submitting an online application with the required personal information. You will need your passport when completing the application.

To keep the process quick and simple, eTA applications are generally approved within minutes (hours) after submission.

The official application form can be found on the Government of Canada website

Note that you will need 1 application per person. A family of 4 will have to complete the form 4 times and make 4 payments. And speaking of payment, this can only be done online, by credit card.

Entering Canada by land or sea

An Electronic Travel Authorization is not required if you are entering Canada by land or sea.

:attention: emoji Beware of fraudulent websites (e.g. and :attention: emoji

Fraudulent sites may be well referenced on search engines, and will charge you exorbitant fees (up to $130 per application) with no guarantee that you will receive a valid confirmation number.

The Government of Canada website is the only place where you can apply for an eTA. Click HERE to access it. Be careful when dealing with companies NOT working with the Government of Canada, which may try to steal your private information. For more information, refer to the Internet, email and telephone scams page.

If you have been the victim of a scam and submitted an application on another website, you can check the validity of your eTA by clicking here


How much does an eTA cost?

Cost of an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) for Canada

An eTA costs only $7 (CAD) and is valid until your passport expires.


Why do you need an eTA?

Why do I need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) for Canada?

The eTA protects the integrity of the immigration system and the safety of Canadians by pre-screening travellers from visa-exempt countries for inadmissibility before they travel to Canada.

If you are inadmissible, it means you cannot enter Canada for one of the following reasons:

  • you are a security risk,
  • you have committed human or international rights violations,
  • you have been convicted of a crime, or committed an act outside of Canada that would be a crime in Canada,
  • you have ties to organized crime,
  • you have serious health problems,
  • you have serious financial problems,
  • you have lied during an interview or in your application,
  • you have failed to comply with a provision of the Immigration Act,
  • one of your family members is not allowed into Canada.

The eTA makes it easier to check for admissibility and determine whether travellers pose a security risk before they board a flight to Canada.

The eTA also streamlines the arrival of travellers in Canada, as they pass through customs more quickly.


Need help completing the form?

If you need help filling out your application form (name order, filial relationships, spousal relationships, etc.), a comprehensive guide (in PDF format) is available in several languages. 

Consult the English version HERE


The eTA (a presentation)



To learn more about the eTA, visit the Government of Canada website.

In short, just $7 for better security and an easier entry into Canada! Why not?

Karolane Lessard

An enthusiast of both our vibrant cities & great oudoors, my life revolves around travel & adventure. It's a no brainer that I have to share the wonders & secrets of my neck of the woods with other travelling souls. Enjoy the journey!


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Chinoye December 9, 2021, 10h20
I just applied for eta and was declined but I never received any email as to why? They approved my mother’s but declined mine.
I used my name on my passport but am married now answering my husband’s name and my two years green card expired by September 19 2021 but I have a letter of extension from immigration extending my stay for 24 months.
Please what can I do?
Karolane Lessard December 10, 2021, 11h55
Hi Chinoye,
I can't really answer this question as I am not a government official.
You can inquire about your application here:
I hope this helps! :)
Adesokan Ezekiel Ige July 26, 2020, 07h31
I am a missionary and I want to travel to Canada am I eligible to apply for eTA to enter Canada.
Karolane Lessard July 28, 2020, 11h23
Hello Adesokan,
At the moment, due to COVID-19, a travel ban is in place for international visitors.
When the ban is lifted, you will be able to apply for an ETA. Depending on the country you are from, you may need a Visitor VISA instead of an ETA. Here is all the information :
I hope this helps ! :)
Sophie September 20, 2019, 11h46
Helpful and accurate !! Sadly, so many people get caught by the fraudulent websites... Thank you Authentik Canada for the info !
Karolane Lessard September 20, 2019, 14h52
Hi Sophie !
Indeed, it's quite sad that so many fraudulent sites are out there. Glad we could help :)
Cheers !