Apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Important information for dual Canadian citizens traveling by air

As a Canadian citizen you cannot apply for an eTA. Starting November 10, you will need a valid Canadian passport to board your flight to Canada. See Dual Canadian citizens need a Canadian passport.

Applying for an eTA is a simple online process. Most applicants get their eTA approval (via an email) within minutes. However, some requests can take several days to process if you're asked to submit supporting documents. It is best to get an eTA before you book your flight to Canada.

An eTA:

Overview of the eTA application process

  • 1. Get your passport and credit card ready, and read the help document.

  • 2. Use the online form to apply. The form cannot be saved. So have your information ready.

  • 3. Pay $7 CAD for your eTA right after you complete the form.

  • 4. Get an email confirmation about your eTA application within 72 hours. Most applications are approved within minutes.


  • 5. You may need to submit documents before your application can be approved. If this happens to you, an email will be sent with instructions.

Help with the form or other eTA questions

The eTA application form is only in English and French. To help you apply for an eTA, descriptions of each field in the form are available in the following languages:

Get answers to eTA questions like what happens after you apply and when you may need to apply for an eTA again.

What you need to complete the form and pay for your eTA

You will need:

Important reminders

Apply for an eTA

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