Friday 20 September 2019

Canada eTA: How can I apply? How much does it cost?

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Rocky mountains at Whistler, Canada.
Rocky mountains at Whistler, Canada.
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Canada's new Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) is now fully in effect. Here are our FAQs for Irish travellers.

Irish holidaymakers travelling to Canada must now register online for an eTA and pay CAN$7 (€4.90) to enter the country.

The new entry requirement was introduced in March, but suffered delays and a leniency period followed until November 9.

Where can I apply for Canada's eTA?

Details should be submitted at

Who needs to apply?

The eTA is a requirement for visa-exempt foreign visitors flying or transiting through Canada. Irish and UK visitors are included.

What do I need to apply for an eTA?

Before applying, make sure you have a valid passport, credit card (to pay the $7) and an email address to hand.

Registration should take place before you board your flight.

How long will registration take?

In most cases just a few minutes, but it may take longer depending on the type of application or if additional documents are required.

You can check the status of your application online.

For how long is the Canadian eTA valid?

Canada's eTA is valid for five years, or until your passport expires.

Are there any exemptions?

Exemptions to the eTA include US citizens and travellers with a valid visa. Entry requirements for land and sea have not changed.

What if I am an Irish-Canadian dual citizen?

Dual citizens holding citizenship from both Canada and a visa-exempt country (including Ireland) cannot apply for an eTA. Such citizens must enter Canada on a valid Canadian passport, and are advised to get one before travelling.

Permanent residents of Canada are not eligible for an eTA.

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