Canada is a beautiful country with so many places around to explore. Canada is a beautiful holiday spot, you can enjoy the beauty of Niagara Falls, walk-in Banff national park, and can try adventure in the Rocky Mountains. Is Canada on your bucket list for your next vacation then you have to start planning, and preparing for your trip. Here is everything you need to know while preparing for your Canada trip.
An important aspect that comes to our mind is VISA. How long can we stay in Canada without VISA? This might be the first thought that comes to your mind. No worries, here we discuss the same.
Is there a chance to stay in Canada without VISA?
Yes, but it all depends on your country whether it requires a VISA for Canada. Here we share the list of countries that are eligible to enter Canada without a VISA. If your country is not on the list, you have to apply for VISA before you visit the country. Visitors coming from VISA-exempt countries can stay in Canada without VISA for 6 months. Here is the list of countries that can come without a VISA to Canada.
- British citizen
- The British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
- Pitcairn Island
- Saint Helena
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- Brunei Darussalam
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- Israel must have a national Israeli passport
- Republic of Korea
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- Romania (electronic passport holders only)
- San Marino
- Solomon Islands
- Taiwan must have an ordinary passport issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan that includes the personal identification number
- United Arab Emirates
- Vatican City State must have a passport or travel document issued by the Vatican.
Well now let us move towards our important aspect, how can I visit Canada without VISA?
To travel to Canada legally without the requirement of a visa, you’ll need to apply for an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). You don’t need an eTA if you’re entering Canada by land or sea unless you plan to take a connecting flight within Canada to fly back home.
What is electronic travel Authorization?
If you’re not a Canadian citizen, but you have a valid passport from a visa-exempt country, you can apply for an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter Canada by air. An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is an entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals traveling to Canada by air. An eTA is electronically linked to a traveler’s passport. It is valid for up to five years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. If you get a new passport, you need to get a new eTA. With a valid eTA, you can travel to Canada as often as you want for short stays (normally for up to six months at a time). You do not need an eTA for travel within Canada.
When you enter the border of Canada, you will have to show your passport and other documents to the border service officer to prove you are eligible to enter Canada. Foreigners who want to enter Canada by Air need eTA. If you want to travel by boat or road you need a visitor VISA.
How Can I Apply for Electronic Travel Authorization?
Wow! It’s great we can enter Canada without VISA, but how do I apply for an eTA. Here is what you need to know about how to apply for eTA.
Applying for an eTA is a simple online process that takes just a few minutes to complete. Most applicants get their eTA approval (via 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.
While applying for an eTA, you will have to submit biographical information. An eTA costs CAD 7. You can only apply and pay for one person at a time. Payment is accepted through Visa, MasterCard, or American Express credit card.
The process of applying to eTA is simple, if you face any issues while applying you can refer to the video. This video shows the exact procedure of how to apply for electronic travel authorization (eTA). This video is available in several languages, and you can refer to it anytime.
the electronic travel authorization is valid for five years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. To apply for eTA, you will need a valid email address. The confirmation, how to view eTA, how to print it and further details will be sent through email. To know the status of your eTA application, you need to visit eTA official website and check under the status check option. When your eTA is approved, it will be linked with your passport, and you will have to show that passport at Airport. Your passport will be scanned and then if it is valid, you will be allowed. Hence while entering your passport number while filling eTA application form be careful.
If you face any issues while applying or have any queries you can refer to the eTA guide pdf available on the official website. And also, it is recommended to use ArriveCan to get all the information about traveling to Canada.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How long Can I stay in Canada without VISA?
You can stay in Canada without VISA for 6 months.
2. How long electronic travel authorization (eTA) is valid?
Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is valid for 5 years. If your passport expires within that then eTA also expires.
3. Who does not need even an eTA to enter Canada?
If you are a US Citizen, no need for an eTA to enter Canada. you can enter with a US passport itself. Lawful permanent residents of the United States who hold valid status in the U.S. are exempt from the eTA requirement. They must carry official proof of status (or an equivalent status document) and a valid passport from their country of nationality (or an equivalent travel document).
4. What happens if I stay in Canada for more than 6 months after entering through eTA?
Your travel authorization to Canada will be canceled and you cannot utilize eTA for future trips.
5. How many times Can I visit Canada through eTa?
You can travel to Canada as many times as you like within a 6-month timeframe. You can do so until your eTA or passport expires, whichever comes first.