Electronic travel authorization

This is the Government of Canada’s official web page to apply for an electronic travel authorization (eTA) to fly to, or transit through, a Canadian airport. It only costs CAD$7. Find out what it is and how to apply online.

The Government of Canada will perform updates to its online system from 12:00 am to 6:00 am ET on May 28, 2024. The eTA application form will not be available at that time. We apologize for the inconvenience. To apply for an eTA, please return after 6:00 am ET on May 28.

Wait to apply for an eTA if you are not travelling urgently

We are currently experiencing a high volume of applications for an electronic travel authorization (eTA). If you are not travelling immediately, please wait to apply for your eTA. This will help prioritize those who are travelling urgently. Most people who apply for an eTA are approved within minutes if they are eligible and meet admissibility requirements.

Visitor visa and electronic travel authorization (eTA) requirements for citizens of Mexico changed on February 29, 2024, at 11:30 p.m. ET

As of 11:30 p.m. ET on February 29, 2024,

  • you need to meet new requirements to be eligible for an eTA
  • if you had an eTA before 11:30 p.m. ET on February 29, 2024, it has been cancelled unless you also have a valid work or study permit
  • if you have an eTA application in progress at the time, you need to apply for a new eTA or for a visitor visa
  • before you travel to Canada, you need to apply for a new eTA if you’re eligible
  • if you’re no longer eligible for an eTA, you need to apply for a visitor visa to travel to Canada

Learn more about the new requirements.

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Find out about eTAs and if you can apply

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Apply online for an eTA

To apply, you must have a valid passport, a credit or a debit card and an email address, and you must answer a few questions in the online application.

What to do after you apply

What to expect if we need more details from you, and things to keep in mind after you receive an eTA

Dual Canadian citizens need a Canadian passport

How to apply for a passport, and why you need a passport and not an eTA for travel to or through Canada

Check your eTA status

Get online updates on pending applications as well as information on the status of your current eTA

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Flying to Canada?

Find out how easy it is to apply online. Learn how to get your eTA before you book your flight to Canada.

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