Planning to visit Canada? You must have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) if you are a citizen of a visa-exempt country.
The beauty of the eTA is that travellers do not have to go through the sometimes lengthy process of applying for a visa at a Canadian embassy. Instead, if they are citizens of a visa-exempt country, they may simply apply online for a travel authorization. Once granted the eTA, travellers may visit Canada for 180 days or less.
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While a valid eTA allows you to board your flight to Canada, when you arrive, we’ll check your identity to make sure that you’re the same person who was approved to travel to Canada. There are a few standard entry procedures you’ll go through.
If you enter Canada at one of the 10 major Canadian airports
Your fingerprints will be checked automatically at a primary inspection kiosk.
The system will check your identity against the information collected when your application was submitted.
If you enter Canada at smaller airports and all land ports of entry
Your fingerprints may be checked if we refer you to a secondary inspection, where a border services officer will use a fingerprint verification device to check your fingerprints.
Have your travel documents ready for inspection by the officer from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA.) If travelling with minors, make sure they also have the same travel documents ready.
If you pass the identity check and meet the entry requirements, the border services officer may stamp your passport or let you know how long you can stay in Canada. You’re normally allowed to stay in Canada for up to 6 months.
In some cases, the officer may limit or extend your time in Canada to cover the planned purpose of your visit. Ask questions if you’re not sure about something.
You won’t be allowed into Canada if you give false or incomplete information so be open and honest with the immigration officers. You must convince the officer that:
you’re eligible for entry into Canada
you’ll leave Canada at the end of your approved stay