If you have plans that involve taking a trip to Canada this coming year, you’ll want to plan ahead. Otherwise, even if you’ve been there before, it’s possible you’ll have the wrong kind of surprise waiting for you.
That’s because to travel to this country, an ETA is now necessary. Without one, it would be no different than trying to visit the country without a passport.
What Is this For?
As we just touched on, it’s probably easiest to think of a Canada ETA as a passport for the country.
As of March 15, 2016, they’ll be just as important for the sake of travel. You’ll be asked to show yours before boarding a plane or otherwise passing across the border if you’re not a citizen.
How to Get Your document
Alright, so we’ve established that you need an ETA for Canada, but now you’re probably wondering how you can get one, especially if you have a trip planned for after March 15th.
First, remember that they are only required for those who aren’t citizens. American citizens are also allowed entry without one, as long as they can prove their citizenship.
Those who don’t qualify as exceptions can go online for a Canada ETA. The application form itself is actually extremely user-friendly. On top of that, the document is remarkably affordable at just $7 CAD.
You’ll have to pay for it with an approved credit card: American Express, Visa or MasterCard. They’ll also accept payments from the pre-paid versions.
Upon receiving your document, you can travel to the country for five years on it.
However, it’s important to remember that this process hasn’t been exposed to widespread use yet. So there’s no way of knowing for sure how long it will take to get your document.
Therefore, if you’ve already scheduled a trip to, this authorization should definitely be a priority. It could take as little as a week to get it in the mail or it could take a month.
Even though an ETA in this country is required to travel there now, as you can see, there’s nothing to worry about with them. You can apply for an ETA Canada from your computer, pay for it (at a very cheap price) with your credit card and, most likely, expect it in a couple of weeks.
So get your ETA Canada approval today and you’ll be able to visit without issue.