Help obtaining an ETA for travelling to or transiting through Canada

Electronic Travel Authorisation 🇨🇦

Since November 2016, electronic authorisation must be obtained before air travel to Canada. Similar toAmerican ESTAThis authorisation is called an AVE (French version of the " Electronic Travel Authorization). This only applies to arrivals by air, including transit. There is no need to print it out in advance: you can check that it has been obtained by comparing the passport number.

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Please apply for your ETA before confirm your stay in Canada, to avoid any delays or refusals.

The advantages of the ETA for Canada

Obtaining an ETA Canada
at 72 hours for urgent departures

  • ETA valid until 5 years
  • Multiple stays up to 180 days
  • Approach 100% online
  • Document official authorities

If your ETA is granted, it establishes that you are eligible to travel, but does not establish that you are eligible to enter Canada under the Visa Waiver Programme. When you arrive in Canada, you will be interviewed by a border protection officer at a port of entry who may determine whether you are inadmissible under the Visa Waiver Program or for any reason under Canadian law.

Leaving Canada to enter the USA and then returning to Canada does not reset the 180-day period of stay.. You must travel with the passport registered on the ETA. If the ETA is refused, we will reimburse you in fullincluding consular fees.

The ETA is not a visa.
It does not allow you to find work, settle in Canada to live or do any other activity that Canadian immigration would find abusive. It does allow you to travel to Canada to benefit from visa exemption, if your situation allows.

Authorised reasons for staying




ETA rate

5 € / person
excluding processing costs

Eligible nationalities

Nationalities exempt from visa requirements

🇩🇪 Germany
🇦🇩 Andorra
🇦🇬 Antigua and B.
🇦🇷 Argentina
🇦🇹 Austria
🇦🇺 Australia
🇧🇸 Bahamas
🇧🇧 Barbados
🇧🇪 Belgium
🇧🇳 Brunei
🇧🇬 Bulgaria
🇨🇾 Cyprus
🇨🇷 Costa Rica
🇭🇷 Croatia
🇩🇰 Denmark
🇪🇸 Spain
🇪🇪 Estonia
🇺🇸 United States
🇫🇮 Finland
🇫🇷 France
🇬🇷 Greece
🇭🇰 Hong Kong
🇮🇸 Iceland
🇮🇱 Israel
🇮🇹 Italy
🇯🇵 Japan
🇱🇻 Latvia
🇱🇮 Liechtenstein
🇱🇹 Lithuania
🇱🇺 Luxembourg
🇲🇹 Malta
🇲🇦 Morocco
🇲🇨 Monaco
🇳🇿 New Zealand
🇳🇴 Norway
🇵🇬 Papua New Guinea
🇳🇱 Netherlands
🇵🇦 Panama
🇵🇭 Philippines
🇵🇱 Poland
🇵🇹 Portugal
🇨🇿 Czech Republic
🇷🇴 Romania
🇬🇧 United Kingdom
🇰🇳 Saint Kitts and Nevis
🇸🇲 San Marino
🇻🇨 Saint Vincent and the G.
🇼🇸 Samoa
🇸🇨 Seychelles
🇸🇬 Singapore
🇸🇰 Slovakia
🇸🇮 Slovenia
🇸🇧 Solomon Islands
🇸🇪 Sweden
🇨🇭 Switzerland
🇹🇼 Taiwan
🇹🇭 Thailand
🇹🇹 Trinidad and T.
🇺🇾 Uruguay
🇦🇪 United Arab Emirates
🇻🇦 Vatican

Nationalities also eligible

These nationalities, who normally require a visa, can apply for an eTA (or AVE) if they hold a visa. Valid US non-immigrant visa or have held a Canadian visa in the last 10 years when they arrive by air. They can only enter Canada by land or sea if they are in possession of a valid visa.

🇦🇬 Antigua and Barbuda
🇦🇷 Argentina
🇧🇷 Brazil
🇨🇷 Costa Rica
🇸🇨 Seychelles Islands
🇲🇦 Morocco
🇲🇽 Mexico
🇵🇦 Panama
🇵🇭 Philippines
🇰🇳 Saint-Christophe & N.
🇱🇨 Sainte-Lucie
🇻🇨 Saint-Vincent & G.
🇹🇭 Thailand
🇹🇹 Trinidad and Tobago
🇺🇾 Uruguay

When should I reapply for an ETA Canada?

  • I have lost or changed my passport, and even if an ETA is still valid on the previous passport
  • I am travelling on a passport other than the one on which I obtained my ETA
  • I change my name or gender, or my overall situation changes significantly (refugee, stateless person, etc.)
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Normal case processing

Authorities issue documents without significant delay

The ETA Canada summary

Format Electronics only
Arrival Air only
Number of entries Unlimited
How long does it take? 72 hours
Length of stay 0 to 180 days
Validity 5 years
Consular fees 5 €

For a trip to Canadaan electronic travel authorisation (ETA) is mandatory. The ETA is valid five years and offers you stays of 180 days in Canada. It is important to note thatETA is not a visaThis electronic travel authorisation allows you to travel to Canadabut it does not does not allow you to enter Canada.

Electronic travel authorisation for a total of 5 €excluding processing fees if you use an intermediary. L'ETA for Canada must be for one of the following reasons: tourism, business or transit. The ETA for Canada is eligible at all entry points. What's more, the airline will ask you for your ETA as soon as you board. Without it, it will be impossible to enter Canada. We advise you to apply for an ETA at least 72 hours before you arrive in Canada.

When should you travel to Canada?

It is advisable to visit Canada in summer or early spring. From September onwards, the tourist influence diminishes, so prices are lower than in the high season.

Places to visit in Canada

Lynn Canyon Park is a 1.9km trail located in the North Vancouver district of British Columbia. During your walk, cross the Lynn Canyon bridge overlooking the canyon at a height of 50 metres.

If you're heading to New Brunswick, don't miss the Bay of Fundy the world's highest tides. Located on the North Saskatchewan River in western Alberta, Canada, Lake Abraham offers original sculptures in winter.

The Icefields Parkway or Highway 93 passes through Banffet National Park and Jasper National Park. Along the way, you can admire numerous lakes, glaciers, cliffs... Located in Alberta in Banff National Park, Lake Louise offers a unique view of emerald waters surrounded by fir-covered mountains.

Practical information

  • Official country name : Canada
  • Location North America
  • Capital : Ottawa
  • Area surface area: 9,985 million km2
  • Language English, French
  • Currency Canadian dollar
  • Climate Continental and sub-Arctic
  • Time zone UTC - 3h30 to -8h

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