Do I have to apply for a visa to Canada?
Yes. Australians and all other foreign nationals that do not hold a Canadian or American passport will be required to apply for a Canada visa. This should be applied for before you book flights to Canada.
Is there more than one type of Canada visa?
Yes, there are lots of different visas, for work, study and permanent residency, but in this guide we will be covering the eTA visa. This is essentially a visa for tourists looking to travel in Canada for 6 months or less.
What is the eTA Visa?
The eTA Visa is an electronic visa, and you apply for it online. This makes the application process a lot faster, and most candidates are given permission travel to Canada within a few minutes, though the process can take several days.
This visa is ideal for Australian travellers looking to visit Canada on short stays of less than 6 months. An eTA visa is a requirement for Australian travellers entering Canada.
Not every country is eligible for this service, but luckily for us, Australians are eligible for this program. If you do not hold an Australian passport, you can check if you are eligible here or apply for a Visitor Visa here.
How much does it cost?
This eTA visa is a pretty cheap visa, and costs $7CAD ($7.60).
What do I need to complete an eTA form application?
For the eTA Canada visa you will need a valid passport, a debit or credit card, and an email address. You will also be required to answer several questions. All in all the form should only take a few minutes to complete.
How long is an eTA valid for?
The eTA visa is a valid Canada visa for up to 5 years, and allows for multiple short stay visits of up to 6 months at a time.
How does it work?
After completing you form, you should receive an email from the Canadian immigration authority that your application is being processed. This should be sent within a few minutes, but if not, please allow up to 72 hours. Don’t forget to double check your spam folder if you haven’t received an email within the 72 hour period.
Approval of your application will also be via email. This will include an eTA number, and it is important that you keep this email or make a note of this number.
Once you are granted permission to enter Canada with an eTA, this will be electronically linked to your passport. It is therefore important that you bring the exact same passport you applied for the eTA with (for instance, if you lose or have your passport replaced you need to apply for the eTA again).
What do I do if I want to stay longer than the 6-month period?
If you want to extend your stay in Canada, you will need to apply for an extension. You will need to do this before your valid visiting status expires – that means you must apply within the 6-month period after you enter the country.
Things to remember when applying for an eTA Canada visa
Double check all the information as you input it, as mistakes on your name or passport number can mean refused entry at the border.
It is also important to have a valid address and phone number to fill in when you enter Canada, as specified by the landing card. This can be linked to a hotel, hostel, bed and breakfast or the homes of family and friends.
For more information and updates, please go to the official Canadian eTA website.
Please be aware that Canada visa conditions and restrictions are subject to change, and it is important that you double-check all requirements prior to travel. All information is correct as of July 2019.