From the 1st of March 2016 non visa requiring nationals will require an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) when entering Canada by air. Entry requirements for other methods of travel (land, sea) do not require an ETA. While only compulsory from 1st of March 2016, the ETA system is available to eligible travellers from the 1st of August 2015. Holders of an ETA are more likely to experience a streamlined procedure on arrival into Canada. This is not required by U.S.A. citizens or travellers in possession of a valid visa.
The ETA is electronically linked to your passport and is valid for five years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.
Applying for an ETA is a simple and inexpensive ($7 Canadian) online process that will take just a few minutes. Most ETA eligible applicants will get their authorization within minutes of submitting the online form.
You must have a valid passport, an email address and a credit card to complete the online form. You can only apply one person at a time. For example, for a family of three people, you will have to complete and submit the form three times.
Apply for an ETA online via: